The little body of a newborn baby was found along Plein Street in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.
PEOPLE WORKING IN THE AREA WERE REPORTEDLY CRYING
The small body of the unidentified baby was found by a passer-by. According to reports, people working in the area were crying as the baby was covered by police.
It is believed the baby was thrown from a vehicle. Police could not yet confirm the sex of the baby.
DO YOU HAVE INFORMATION THAT COULD ASSIST THE POLICE?
Police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg said a case of concealment of birth is investigated.
Anyone with any information about this incident can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.
ABANDONMENT OF BABIES ON THE INCREASE?
Four newborns babies and foetuses were found dumped in South Africa in three months of 2021:
On 12 November 2021, an aborted foetus was discovered in a rubbish bag on College Lane in the Durban Central Business District
On 19 September 2021, a newborn baby was found dead in the Blaaupan dam in Bonaero Park, South East Kempton Park
On 17 September 2021, the body of a newborn baby was found washed ashore on Brighton Beach in Gqeberha
On 14 September 2021, a newborn foetus wrapped in a rubbish bag was found dumped at the Phoenix taxi rank in Durban
DESPERATE MOTHERS URGED NOT TO DUMP THEIR BABIES
“Abandonment of infants in South Africa is, unfortunately, a common occurrence.
“Many of these children are left to die, or simply abandoned, in dustbins, open fields, public toilets, or on train tracks,” The Door of Hope organisation said.
The organisation knew that something needed to be done
“In 1999 the Berea Baptist Mission Church said, “something needs to be done”. Under the leadership of Pastor Cheryl Allen, the church made a hole in their wall and a ‘Baby Box’ was installed allowing for mothers to leave their babies any time day or night for the church to take care of them,” the organisation said.
The moment a baby is placed, care workers on duty receive an electronic signal alerting them. The baby is taken in and the anonymity of the “donor” is ensured.