Crime

Carolina woman admits kidnapping newborn 22 years ago, sentencing awaits

Captain Carla Prinsloo, the Ermelo SAPS's spokesperson, previously told Highvelder the girl’s biological mother, at the time aged 16, had given birth to her in Ermelo Provincial Hospital on March 23, 2001.

CAROLINA – The Ermelo Magistrate’s Court postponed the case against a 52-year-old woman who had kidnapped a newborn baby 22 years ago, to July 10 for sentence proceedings.

According to Monica Nyuswa, the Mpumalanga spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, the accused pleaded guilty to the crime and was subsequently found guilty of kidnapping a newborn baby.

“In her plea, she admitted that her actions were wrong,” Nyuswa said.

The woman, from Carolina, was arrested on November 29, 2021, for the kidnapping of a child.

Captain Carla Prinsloo, the Ermelo SAPS’s spokesperson, previously told Highvelder the girl’s biological mother, at the time aged 16, had given birth to her in Ermelo Provincial Hospital on March 23, 2001.

The mother and baby were discharged from the hospital on the same day.

The baby’s aunt went along to accompany them back to the mother’s house in Breyten.

On their way to a local taxi rank, they met the suspect, who walked along with them and offered to hold the baby as the mother was experiencing pain and dizziness, while the aunt had gone to visit a shop nearby.

Read the complete article in the Highvelder newspaper.

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