Baby kidnapper to appear in court

A woman conned a mother into believing she had won a shopping voucher before fleeing with her baby.

The suspect conned the mother into believing she had won a shopping voucher before fleeing with her baby. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

JOHANNESBURG - A woman arrested for allegedly kidnapping a baby in Ekurhuleni east of Johannesburg two weeks ago is expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrates Court on Monday.

The little boy was just a day old when he was snatched from his mother, allegedly by a woman posing as a health worker at Tembisa Hospital.

The 25-year-old suspect conned the mother into believing she had won a shopping voucher before fleeing with her baby while she shopped in a nearby shopping centre.

The police's Teboho Sesing said, "Community members called our investigating officer after we published that the child was stolen at Phumulani Mall. They managed to trace the suspect where she was arrested in Olivenhout.

Meanwhile, a Johannesburg mother was desperately searching for her one-year-old baby boy who was kidnapped earlier in May.

A woman, who identified herself as Busisiwe, stole the baby after she offered to hold him.

She pleaded to the woman who kidnapped her baby to return him safely.

Refilwe Anele said she travelled with the woman from Cape Town, who accompanied her to the salon where her child was snatched.

Anele said her husband was hospitalised after he heard that the child was taken.

"He suffered a heart attack after he heard that the baby was stolen."

The mother said anyone with information can contact the police.

"My tears are dry. I can't cry any more. I'm heartbroken and I'm blaming myself for what has happened."

Enele was returning from Cape Town by train when she met a woman who travelled with her to Johannesburg.

She feared the woman was a foreigner and may have already skipped the country.

Enele said she felt helpless.

"I'm very sad. I reported the matter to the police immediately but they did not help me."

Gauteng police continue to search for the one-year-old baby.