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Dullstroom mother arrested for dumping newborn baby

An anonymous member of the community spotted the bundle and immediately alerted the police.

A 37-year-old woman was arrested for dumping her newborn in the bush next to the railway line in Dullstroom on Sunday afternoon, August 21, at about 17:00.

According to the police, they were tipped off by an anonymous concerned individual after they had spotted the bundle.

On arrival, the police confirmed it was a baby and summoned medical services, which took the baby to hospital.

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A provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, said, “The Dullstroom police immediately began with the investigation and were led to the mother. She was arrested and charged accordingly.”

The suspect is expected to appear in the Belfast Magistrate’s Court facing a charge of child neglect.

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The provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Manamela, welcomed the arrest while in the same breath condemning the mother’s actions. “It is concerning when a woman acts so cruel, especially during a period when other women are being celebrated for the vital role they play in the lives of many children in society.

We urge those who feel burdened by the responsibility of bringing children up to consider approaching the relevant social services where such children can be given up for adoption rather than dumping them,” she said.

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