Baby burnt to death

Paramedics say the baby was wrapped in a cloth and put inside a plastic bag then set alight.

FILE: A baby's hand. Picture: sxc.hu

JOHANNESBURG - A newborn baby who was burnt to death was found in Honeydew earlier this morning.

Paramedics said the baby girl was wrapped in a cloth and put inside a plastic bag and then set alight and left on the corner of Christiaan de Wet and Beyers Naude Drive.

ER24's Vanessa Jackson said, "The baby had died by the time we got to the scene. She looked like a newborn, but at this time the incident details are not clear."

Gauteng police are also searching for the mother of the baby.

Police's Lydia Dikolomela said, "We have opened up a case of concealment of birth at the Honeydew police station. We are also investigating who dumped the body."

The incident marks a tragic end to Child Protection Week which South Africa marked over the past week.

Cape Town NGO Molo Songololo said even though great strides were made to protect children, more could be done.

The drive started on Monday with a theme entitled Working Together to Protect Children.

Since the beginning of the year there were many reports on sexual violence against children and more recently mothers dumping their newborn babies.

Molo Songololo's Patrick Solomons said, "Child protection must be a priority. There are far too many reported cases of child neglect, abuse and some very horrible cases of violence against children."

Earlier this month a newborn baby girl was found dumped in a bush in Delft.

A passerby found the little girl wrapped in a blanket near the Tsunami informal settlement.

In another incident, a newborn was found in a fridge in Johannesburg in April. The baby was found alive in a residential yard with its umbilical cord still attached

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man appeared in the Kimberley Magistrate Court on charges of murder after allegedly beating his 10-month-old baby to death.

According to police, the man had been giving the baby girl juice last Saturday and became annoyed when she did not want to drink.

He then allegedly hit the child on her head and kicked her.

The police's Sergio Kock said, "Prior to the incident the couple was engaged in an argument. The child was taken to the Kimberley Hospital where she passed on due to her injuries."