A 50-year-old woman believed to have abducted a child in November after befriending the child’s mother was arrested in Umgababa, south of Durban.
The woman appeared on Tuesday Durban District Court charged with kidnapping and received R5,000 bail. She was arrested on Monday.
Police said she befriended the infant’s mother, who had given birth six days earlier.
Police spokesman Capt Nqobile Gwala said on Dec. November, the mother went to King Edward Hospital with her little boy.
“While waiting for a bus, she was approached by an unknown woman who became friends with her. The woman offered to buy groceries for the child after learning that the mother was unemployed. The complainant and the woman got into a taxi to Dr. Pixley Kaseme Street in Durban so the woman could buy clothes for the child. ”
The women went to a shop where the perpetrator had allegedly given the baby’s mother some cash to buy something for the baby.
“The woman told the baby’s mother to leave the baby with her while she bought the things she needed. The applicant left her baby outside with the woman. When she got back, she found that the woman with the baby had disappeared. “
The suspect is due back in court on March 1st.