Olivia's parents arrested for neglect
Three-year-old Olivia van Voeght’s body was discovered by police in Lotus River on Thursday.
CAPE TOWN - Cape Town police have arrested the parents of three-year-old Olivia van Voeght whose body was found in Lotus River on Thursday.
The little girl disappeared from her home on Tuesday evening.
Police confirmed earlier on Thursday that a body found in the area was indeed Olivia's.
The police's Thembinkosi Kinana said Olivia's parents were both arrested after they were taken in for questioning following her disappearance.
Kinana says the arrests were made on suspicion of neglect.
On Tuesday, Olivia's mother left their home in Lotus River at around 7pm and returned two hours later to find her child missing.
It is unclear whether the child was left at home by herself.
Meanwhile, the other family members say their minds are at ease since her body was found.
The say although they are devastated, not knowing where she was had been even worse.
When police officers told the family that the body was Olivia's, her sister Dora Joemat fell to the ground.
Joemat said at least she would be able to sleep knowing her little sister was in a better place.
At the same time, no arrests have been made following the disappearance of an eight-year-old girl in Grassy Park.
Kiana Williams was last seen play with her friends in June. Her community and police have conducted searches but they have not yielded any results.
Her family and community continue to pray for her safe return.
Meanwhile, the Western Cape Social Development Department says social workers have been dispatched to Lotus River following the incident.
Department spokesperson Melany Kuhn says parents need to protect their children.
"As a parent it is your responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your children. The fact that these parents have just been arrested should really send a very strong warning to other parents and caregivers to not let this happen to their children."