Baby-snatcher nabbed

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

PHINDILE Mthethwa had a sleep­less night last Wed­nes­day, af­ter her six­months-old baby boy, Mpen­dulo was taken away by her friend. The 21-year-old woman from Me­vamhlophe Re­serve out­side Em­pan­geni has urged other young moth­ers not to trust any­one with their ba­bies. ‘I thank God to be re­united with my baby boy,’ she said. Mthethwa said her or­deal started when she went to Em­pan­geni Clinic for her own med­i­cal check-up. She was ac­com­pa­nied by her friend who in­tended to with­draw some cash in town. ‘She is our neigh­bour, and friend. We took the same taxi to­gether, and when we ar­rived in town, she went to with­draw her money. ‘I did not ex­pect any­thing. She of­fered to carry my baby for me and I agreed be­cause my son is too heavy. ‘I gave her some money to buy me food. We agreed to meet at Em­pan­geni Clinic, but that did not hap­pen. ‘It was the last time to see them both on that day. ‘We then started search­ing with the po­lice on Wed­nes­day night. We waited the en­tire night and on Thurs­day morn­ing, my brother man­aged to trace her boyfriend who was adamant that the child was his girl­friend’s, be­cause she had been preg­nant. ‘As we con­tin­ued search­ing for her, she called us and said we must fetch the baby in town. ‘I and my two sis­ters and brother went to col­lect the baby and handed her over to the po­lice,’ said Mthethwa. King Cetshwayo Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son, Cap­tain Mbon­geni Md­lalose, said a sus­pect aged 23 was ar­rested for child steal­ing. She was ex­pected to ap­pear at Em­pan­geni Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day.

Mpen­dulo Muzi Zin­c­ume

Happy mother, Phindile Mthethwa united with her baby boy

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