24-year-old mother of abandoned 3-year-old baby girl arrested, Kwadwesi

Port Elizabeth – Police have caught and arrested the mother of a Three-year-old baby girl that was found abandoned in the bushes of Kwadewsi extension on Tuesday.

After receiving a tip-off from the community police managed to arrest the 24-year-old woman at a taxi rank in Kwadwesi on Thursday night [19 October 2017] in what was an attempt to flee the area.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie alluded that he wishes to thank the community for their valuable assistance in the tracing of the mother.

“The SAPS Management also wish to thank those members of community who donated clothing items for the baby girl” he added.

The case is being investigated by the Motherwell Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit and the mother will face charges of attempted murder and child abandonment before the New Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday 23 October 2017

Recovery and Support

Baby “Sindiswa” stealing the hearts of Nelson Mandela Bay. The rescued three day old baby found in Kwadwesi is recovering well at Dora Nginza Hospital. The members at Kwadwesi police station named her “Sindiswa”, meaning “saved” in Xhosa.

 Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge visited the hospital and took photos of baby “Sindiswa” to show the community of Nelson Mandela Bay that she is well and getting stronger.

Kwadwesi Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Singapphi Sijako was overwhelmed by phone calls of persons wanting to donate clothing and nappies for the little girl.

“We wish to thank our community for opening their hearts to this young little survivor. A special thank you also for those that assisted in the search for the mother. Donations can be dropped off at Kwadwesi police station and will be handed to the social workers dealing with this matter” he said.

Lwando Nomoyi


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