The one-day-old baby boy was found wrapped in a blanket an abandoned next to the fence of the hospital by a passer-by.
Caorlina police station spokesperson Sergeant Thabang Mokwana, said the infant was found around 19h30 on Friday 20 May, by a pass-by about a baby boy who was found wrapped with blanket next to the hospital fence and alerted security officer who was reporting on duty.
“It is alleged that the child could be one day old and his weight was at 2.490 kg’s. He was found clothed in a vest, trousers and was wrapped with a blanket. The child was then taken inside the hospital for medical care and was immediately attended to by the staff. Upon arrival of the police, a case of child neglect was opened hence the manhunt for the child’s mother,” explain Mokwana.
He further said,the preliminary investigation so far suggests his mother could have given birth to him at a nearby hospital as the records at the said hospital does not have information of child birth recently which could be linked to this incident.
“Police urge anyone who might have any information regarding this incident to contact the Investigation Officer, Detective Sergeant Mmeli Nkosi of Elukwatini Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) on 0711770927. Alternatively members of the public can call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All received information will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.
Meanwhile the provincial police commissioner, General Semakaleng Manamela ,has urged members of the public to make use of available social services, especially when they come across challenges with regard to maintaining their children.
” The government has put in place a system to support women or mothers so that they properly raise their children. Bearing in mind of the socio-economic challenges that women face on daily basis, however that does not permit them to neglect or abandon their children. Therefore the law will have to take its course on this one because police are there to protect the vulnerable and in this case, the infant” said the General.