Newlands East mom begins sentence for dumping baby in drain

Newlands East mom begins sentence for dumping baby in drain

The Durban mother who dumped her newborn baby girl in a storm water drain has begun serving time in prison - after pleading guilty to attempted murder.

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The 33-year-old woman has been jailed for three years by the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court.

Her attorney, Jacques Botha says she'll only serve six months of the sentence in prison.

"The sentence is one of three years where you are under parole for two-and-a-half years of the sentence, but you serve 1/6th of the sentence in custody."

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The infant was rescued in a three-hour operation in February last year - after being stuck seven metres down a pipe on Baracuda Road in Newlands East.

The baby girl who's about a-year-and-half now - is still being cared for in a place of safety.

Botha says his client - who has two other children is worried about their well-being.

"The younger child will have to deal with the repercussions of these issues once she gets older. I am not a qualified social worker. 

"I am not qualified to speak on this, but the issue is there are two older children who do not have parents in their lives and they are now rendered victims because their mother has been removed."

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