An­other new­born baby dumped in dust­bin

The Mercury - - NEWS - KAREN SINGH [email protected]

AN­OTHER baby was found dumped in a dust­bin in cen­tral Dur­ban at the week­end.

This comes after sev­eral ba­bies were found in dust­bins last year across Dur­ban, in­clud­ing two foe­tuses, be­lieved to be twins, who were dumped with refuse in Lynne Av­enue in Gle­nash­ley dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod.

Shawn Herbst, Net­care 911 spokesper­son said the foe­tus was as­sessed on scene by an Emer­gency Care prac­ti­tioner and of­fi­cially de­clared dead.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala con­firmed that a case of con­ceal­ment of birth was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Dur­ban Cen­tral SAPS.

“It is al­leged that yes­ter­day (Satur­day) at 6:45pm, a foe­tus be­lieved to be 5 months old was found dumped in a dust­bin at Vic­to­ria and Queen Street,” said Gwala.

Adeshini Naicker, act­ing di­rec­tor of Child­line, said very of­ten young moth­ers find them­selves alone and with­out sup­port when faced with an un­planned and un­wanted preg­nancy.

“Added to this is the fi­nan­cial and emo­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity of a new baby,” said

Naicker.

She said that due to this these women of­ten aban­don their ba­bies in pub­lic ar­eas.

“This method saves them from hav­ing to ex­plain to fam­i­lies and au­thor­i­ties,” Naicker said.

Mean­while, po­lice are search­ing for the par­ents of a 1-week-old baby who was found in Embo next to the rail­way line in De­cem­ber.

The baby was found by a passerby who heard it cry­ing in the bushes.

The Pine­town Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Child Pro­tec­tion and Sex­ual Of­fences Unit is ap­peal­ing to the com­mu­nity of Hill­crest and sur­round­ing ar­eas for as­sis­tance in lo­cat­ing the par­ents.

Naicker said most women who aban­don their ba­bies are not aware that there are other op­tions.

She said or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Door of Hope in Dur­ban North and Isa­iah 54 on the Bluff cater specif­i­cally to new­born ba­bies.

Door of Hope has “baby bins” where moth­ers can leave their ba­bies anony­mously.

Child­line KZN – toll free num­ber 0800 055 555 – has trained coun­sel­lors who also as­sist these moth­ers with in­for­ma­tion.

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