A 44 YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING A 20 DAYS GRANDCHILD – N'wamitwa Times

A 44 YEAR-OLD GRANDMOTHER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING A 20 DAYS GRANDCHILD

THOHOYANDOU – A 44 year-old female suspect was arrested on Thursday 14 September 2023 for alleged perjury and child stealing of her 20 days old grandchild. The incident took place at Tshidaulu, Mbilwi village under Thohoyandou Policing precinct in the Vhembe District.

According to Police report , on Tuesday 12 September 2023 the suspect went to sleep with her 16 year-old daughter and other children who share the same room.

Talking to Perfect Radio News the police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba says the daughter was sleeping with her 20 days old baby on another bed whilst the suspect slept on the separate bed.

The next day on Wednesday 13 September 2023 at about 05:00, the teenager woke up to prepared herself to go and attend classes at a local School when she discovered that her daughter was missing.

A search for the infant was conducted but she was not found and a missing person case was immediately reported at Thohoyandou Police’ Station by the grandmother on behalf of her minor daughter.

Police commenced with the investigations and the grandmother of the child was contacted on her cellphone.

She misled Police by implying that she was at her working place in Levubu.

Police investigations continued until it was discovered that the grandmother was not at her workplace but was seen walking with a paper bag which she concealed at an unknown house at Tshidaulu, Mbilwi village.

Another search was conducted in the area with assistance of the Makhado K9 unit Dog and the baby was later found abandoned in the house without any injuries and taken to Trauma Center for safekeeping. The grandmother was interviewed about the matter and she cooperated with Police and confirmed that she stole the baby and reported a false case of a missing person.

A 44 year-old woman was immediately placed under arrest for perjury and child stealing of her granddaughter. The baby was reunited with her mum .

The motive of this shocking incident is unknown at this stage but Police’ investigations are currently ongoing.

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe applauded the Investigation Team for their vigilance and persistent investigation that led to the uncovering of the truth surrounding the disappearance of the baby

The suspect is expected to appear before the Thohoyandou Magistrate court on Monday 18 September 2023.

Police investigations are continuing.

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