Woman charged with kidnapping baby from Durban hospital

2016-08-16 14:00
Hospital bed. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Hospital bed. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - A 30-year-old woman is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s court on Tuesday, accused of stealing a baby last week.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said that the woman had been traced to KwaNyuswa, near Hillcrest, on Monday.   

He said that on Saturday a woman, who had given birth to a baby boy in a Durban hospital, was approached by the suspect, who allegedly offered the new mom a lift home.

"The victim and the suspect left the hospital and proceeded to Durban where the suspect offered [to buy] food for the victim. Later, the suspect allegedly gave money to the victim to go and buy airtime while the suspect was waiting with the infant at a taxi rank," he said.  

The new mother returned to find her child and the suspect gone.

Zwane said the suspect was eventually traced to the KwaNyuswa area, where the child was found alive.

"The suspect was charged with kidnapping and will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today," he said.

Zwane said the boy was in good health and had been reunited with his mother.

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