Woman arrested over newborn baby dumped in Durban stormwater drain

18 February 2019 - 18:55 By timeslive
The 27-year-old woman was arrested for attempted murder relating to a child found in Newlands East
The 27-year-old woman was arrested for attempted murder relating to a child found in Newlands East
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A woman has been arrested following the dramatic rescue of a baby found in a stormwater drain in Durban last week.

Police spokesman Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the woman was arrested on Monday.

"A 27-year-old suspect has been arrested ... while at a local hospital. She was arrested for attempted murder relating to a child found in Newlands East last week," said Mbele in a short statement.

She later confirmed that the arrest was in connection with the discovery of a baby found in a stormwater drain.

The baby's dramatic three-hour rescue captured international media attention.

Mbele said the arrested woman was under police guard and would appear in court soon.


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