KZN Health welcomes arrest in Newlands baby case

KZN Health welcomes arrest in Newlands East baby case

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has welcomed the arrest of a 27-year-old woman - believed to be the mother of the baby girl who was rescued from a storm water drain in Newlands East last week. 

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She was arrested at a hospital yesterday following an intensive investigation.

The little girl - who's been unofficially named - Sibanisethu Gabriella was dug out from underneath - in a rescue that involved various emergency services teams from Durban.

Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo says they want to know why the little girl was abandoned.

"Let us also deal with the issues of unplanned pregnancies not resulting into unwanted and further into babies in storm water drains or dustbins in the backyards of hospitals," Dhlomo said. 

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Police spokesperson, Thembeka Mbele says the woman can't appear in court as yet - as she is recovering in hospital.

It's believed she went into theatre last night after experiencing complications following her pregnancy. 

"A 27-year-old suspect will be appearing in court soon - after she was arrested while she was at the hospital for private medical attention. We have enough evidence to suggest that she should be arrested. If the suspect is still in the hospital and critical - she will appear in absentia at court," Mbele said. 

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