The mother (wearing a pink top) interviewed by Reaction Unit South Africa officers. At first, the man sleeping in the bush thought the baby was dead but when he looked closely, he saw the little girl was only sleeping.
It appears the child’s mother had left the baby with her boyfriend and went out partying.
But the boyfriend (30) allegedly dumped her in the bush near the tavern in Osindisweni in Durban, KZN, on Saturday night. – and fortunately she was alive.
Reaction Unit South Africa spokesman, Prem Balram, said they received a call from a resident in the area on Sunday asking for help after the infant’s mum arrived at their residence to claim the child.
He said reaction officers were dispatched to the area and on arrival, they met angry residents who explained that the child was found by a passerby in the bush next to a tavern.
“At first glance, he presumed that the baby was dead as she appeared unresponsive.
“The man first sought help from another woman at the tavern but when he realised she was too drunk, he decided to hand the baby over to the mum,” said “But upon closer investigation, he realised that the baby was just asleep,” said Balram.
He said the child’s 16-year-old mum arrived at the man’s residence on Sunday to collect her baby, but residents refused to give her.They then contacted Rusa for assistance.
“Reaction officers interviewed the teen mum who said she was attending a house party and asked her boyfriend to babysit the baby.
“He allegedly went to the tavern with the baby and at some stage abandoned her in the bush. He has not been located,” he said.
It’s alleged the mother and the baby were handed over to police for investigation.
But Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo said: “We have checked with Verulam SAPS but nothing was reported.”