Predators lurk within the shadows of society, waiting for innocent victims to prey on. At times, going as far as attempting to befriend their intended victims.
On Wednesday, May 20, police officers from the Port Shepstone Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) arrested two women for kidnapping. The suspects, aged 17 and 20, appeared in the Umzimkhulu Magistrates Court on May 21. The 17-year-old was released into her parent’s care.
Their victim was not an adult, but rather a four-day-old baby boy. Snatched away from his loving mother.
Police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele explains the kidnapping took place on May 18.
“A 23-year-old mother was discharged from hospital in Umzimkhulu after giving birth to a baby boy. While at the hospital, she was approached by two females who pretended to have visited a relative in the maternity ward.”
Talking to the young mother, the two women offered to leave together with her as they were also allegedly going to the Umzimkhulu CBD.
“When they reached the CBD, they took the baby from the mother when she wanted to go into the lavatory. Upon her return, she could not find the females or her four-day-old baby boy,” Colonel Mbele explains.
The distraught mother immediately reported the incident to Umzimkhulu police, and a case of kidnapping was opened.
The docket was assigned to the Port Shepstone FCS Unit for investigation. An intensive investigation led the team of investigating officers to Mfulamahle Location, where the two women and baby were found.
The two suspects were immediately arrested. The baby was taken to hospital for a medical check-up.
Investigations revealed that the baby was destined for Gauteng, where one of the suspect’s boyfriend resides.
Members of the public are cautioned to avoid trusting strangers with their babies and children.