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Mpumalanga woman arrested for dumping new born baby

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Mpumalanga


NELSPRUIT -  A 37-year-old woman was arrested for dumping her new born baby in the bushes next to the railway line in Dullstroom yesterday afternoon, Sunday 21 August 2022 at about 17h00.

Police received a call from a concerned caller who opted to remain anonymous that he saw something wrapped like a baby.

On police arrival, it was confirmed that it was a baby and police urgently summoned the medical services who took the baby to hospital.

Police at Dullstroom immediately began with the investigation and were led to the said mother of the baby boy. She was arrested and charged accordingly.

The suspect is expected to appear at the Belfast Magistrate's Court tomorrow, Tuesday 23 August 2022 facing a charge of child neglect.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has welcomed the arrest whilst in the same breath, condemned the mother's actions. "It is concerning when a woman acts so cruel especially during a period when other women are being celebrated for the vital role that they play especially in the lives of many children in the society. We urge those who feel burden by the responsibility of upbringing children to consider approaching the relevant social services where such children can be given up for adoption rather than dumping them" said the General.


Brigadier Selvy Mohlala
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