The mother of a two-month-old baby boy was arrested after the infant was found abandoned at a railway station near Pretoria at the weekend.
The 23-year-old woman was taken in for questioning after she reported her child stolen to police.
“She went to the police station, crying that her child was stolen,” police spokesperson Constable Connie Mohanedi said. “She was taken in for questioning and it emerged that she took a taxi to the railway station and left her child there.”
Mohanedi said the mother admitted to having left her child so she could attend a party nearby.
Two men brought the child to the Cullinan police client service centre, Rekord North reported.
They said they found the crying child wrapped in a baby blanket next to a railway line.
A child neglect docket was opened and the woman would appear in court soon, Mohanedi said.
This after a 28-year-old mother brought her 18-month-old baby to the Primrose Police Station and left it under a tree after a drunken night out last month.
“The mother told officers that her child’s father was causing problems for her and she did not want the child anymore,” said Primrose police spokesperson Sergeant Styles Maome, said.
Officers tried to talk to the drunken woman, but she would not listen and left the station.
“Minutes after the woman left, a child’s cry was heard. The woman’s 18-month-old baby was found left under a tree close to the station,” Maome said.
The mother was found with a man only a few kilometres away from the station. She was arrested and charged with child neglect.
The accused appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court, where she was released on a warning. The child has since been taken to a place of safety.
– Caxton News Service