Newborn in good health after being found along roadside covered with plastic bag

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Free State police are investigating a case of attempted murder after a newborn baby girl was found alive, covered with a plastic bag. (Getty Images)
Free State police are investigating a case of attempted murder after a newborn baby girl was found alive, covered with a plastic bag. (Getty Images)
  • A newborn baby girl was found alive, covered with a plastic bag over the weekend.
  • The baby was found by a resident.
  • In a separate matter, a woman was arrested for terminating her seven-month pregnancy at an illegal abortion clinic.

Free State police are investigating a case of attempted murder after a newborn baby girl was found alive, covered with a plastic bag.

The little one was found by a resident on Saturday along the R712 road between Warden and Bethlehem.

She is currently in hospital under nurse supervision, said Free State police spokesperson Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring.

The baby was found with the umbilical cord still attached.

"The baby is still at the hospital, healthy and in good condition," Mophiring said.

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Mophiring said anyone with information on the whereabouts of the mother can contact the Vrede Family, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit on 079 502 7871, Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the My SAPS app.

Bogus doctor

In a separate matter, two people were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of concealment of birth, police said.

According to Captain Xoli Mbele, a woman who had terminated her seven-month pregnancy and an alleged bogus doctor were arrested on Friday.

Johannesburg Central Police arrested a 20-year-old
The Johannesburg Central police arrested a 20-year-old woman and a 27-year-old bogus doctor. This came after the woman allegedly paid R3 000 to the man to perform an illegal abortion.

The 20-year-old woman allegedly paid R3 000 to a 27-year-old man to perform an illegal abortion on her in Albert Street in the Johannesburg CBD. When she returned home, she told her mother that she had had a miscarriage, Mbele added.

Mbele said when the woman's aunt asked where the foetus was to give it a proper burial, the woman pointed her family to the Alexandra clinic, but there was no record of her being there.

"She told her aunt what really happened, and she was transferred to Edenvale Hospital for medical reasons. Police were contacted and took her to point out the crime scene."

Mbele said the bogus doctor was arrested.

A third accomplice, who works as a "nurse" at the man's "surgery" and who took the foetus, is still at large.


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