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2021/11/12      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga: 11 November 2021 – A 38-year-old woman was arrested yesterday, 10 November 2021, by police at Embalenhle, for the alleged kidnapping of a new born baby. 

According to the police report, on 28 October 2021, the suspect introduced herself to the baby's mother, at the local taxi rank, claiming to be a social worker, who helps unemployed young mothers. She (suspect) then sent the baby's mother to go and buy her food at a shop nearby and offered to hold the baby. When the mother returned from the shop she found that the suspect had disappeared with her baby. 

She then reported the matter to police, and an investigation into the matter was launched immediately. Police managed to gather information and made a breakthrough, yesterday which led them to a house at Extension, 5 in Embalenhle. They found the stolen baby inside the house with the suspect, whom they swiftly arrested and charged with kidnapping. 

The suspect is expected to appear in court soon. 

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga has  warned mothers not to leave their children in the care of strangers.