By Krishnee Naidoo
Thanks to the curiosity of two members of public, a three-month-old baby was rescued after she was covered in a bin bag and abandoned on Mitchell Crescent in Greyville on Monday.
According to Berea SAPS communications officer, Cpt PN Naidoo, the baby was handed over to Berea SAPS after she was found.
“The baby was wrapped in a blanket and left abandoned. She was taken to hospital and was declared healthy. The little girl has been relocated to a place of safety. Since she was found in the Berea policing precinct, she was named after our station commander and is known as Baby Radebe until she is properly registered.”
Cpt Naidoo said a child abandonment case is under investigation by a specialized unit. “People need to take responsibility and not be heartless in punishing an innocent baby in such a cruel way. There are organisations and individuals who can assist in situations where the parent/s are in a dilemma. Seek help. Perpetrators caught abandoning babies in this manner will face the full brunt of the law,” said Cpt Naidoo.
Speaking to the Weekly Gazette, Ethekwini Cluster CPF PRO, Zain Sooziwala, said, “An Ethekwini Neighbourhood Watch member was in the area when he saw the commotion and responded to the scene. The two members of public who found the baby said they saw an expensive blanket thrown on the roadside. They peered closer and discovered the baby who was wrapped in a blanket and covered with a bin bag. Thankfully, the bin bag protected the baby from the rain.”
“There was an overwhelming response to the call for assistance in providing for the needs of the little one. Residents, members of public and authorities, all rallied around the tiny victim and in a show of support worked effectively and in unison to ensure that she was taken care of,” said Sooziwala.