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2022/05/26      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 26 May 2022- The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has strongly condemned an incident in which an infant was abandoned next to Carolina hospital yesterday, 25 May 2022. The one-day-old baby boy was found wrapped in a blanket an abandoned next to the fence of the hospital by a passerby.

It is said that on Friday, 20 May 2022 at about 19h30 police attended a complaint at Carolina Hospital, whereby an infant was left unattended.

It is alleged that the security officer at Carolina Hospital posted to work at the gate was called by a passerby, alerting the guard about a baby boy who was left without care behind an electricity transformer next to the fence of the hospital.

It is alleged that the child could be one day old and his weight was at 2.490 kg's. He was found clothed in a vest, trousers and was wrapped with a blanket. The child was then taken inside the hospital for medical care and was immediately attended to by the staff. Upon arrival of the police, a case of child neglect was opened hence the manhunt for the child's mother.

The preliminary investigation so far suggests his mother could have given birth to him at a nearby hospital as the records at the said hospital does not have information of child birth recently which could be linked to this incident.

Be as it may, police urge anyone who might have any information regarding this incident to contact the Investigation Officer, Detective Sergeant Mmeli Nkosi of Elukwatini Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) on 0711770927. Alternatively members of the public can call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous. 

Meanwhile the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has urged members of the public to make use of available social services, especially when they come across challenges with regard to maintaining their children. " The government has put in place a system to support women or mothers so that they properly raise their children.

Bearing in mind of the socio-economic challenges that women face on daily basis, however that does not permit them to neglect or abandon their children. Therefore the law will have to take its course on this one because police are there to protect the vulnerable and in this case, the infant" said the General.