Fa­ther kid­naps own baby

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Luthando Mapepa Chipinge Correspondent

A CHIPINGE man has been ar­rested by po­lice for al­legedly kid­nap­ping his five months-old daugh­ter in a bid to fix his es­tranged wife.

The sus­pect, Jo­hannes Maphosa, of Wess Farm, Peg 3 al­legedly hatched a plan to snatch the baby from his es­tranged wife El­iz­a­beth Mh­langa.

Chipinge district po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Bless­ing Kadzu­raumera con­firmed and said it oc­curred on Fe­bru­ary 1, at Naffa­ton Farm un­der Chief Mutema.

Asst Insp Kadzu­raumera said Maphosa was as­sist­ing po­lice to lo­cate the where­abouts of the baby.

“On the fate­ful day, Maphosa pro­ceeded to El­iz­a­beth Mh­langa’s res­i­dence at Naffa­ton Farm and en­tered her bed­room with­out per­mis­sion. The two are no longer liv­ing to­gether af­ter they sep­a­rated over a do­mes­tic wran­gle.

“Maphosa found Mh­langa sleep­ing and went on to pick up the baby and stormed out of the house.

“As he got out, he re­alised that Mh­langa had seen him and van­ished into the maize fields. “Mh­langa tried to go af­ter him but to no avail. “She de­cided to call for help from vil­lage neigh­bours, but no one came to help.

“A po­lice re­port was made lead­ing to the ar­rest of the ac­cused,” he said.

Asst Insp Kadzu­raumera said the baby, Nyashadza­she Maphosa, is yet to be found.

The sus­pect was still in po­lice cus­tody yes­ter­day.

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