Baby dumping: an act of desperation

A child rights organisation appeals to women, who can’t take care of their children, to seek help.

A child rights organisation appeals to women, who can’t take care of their children, to seek help. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town children's rights organisation Baby Safe has appealed to women who cannot take care for their little ones, to seek help.

There have been six incidents of infants being dumped around the Western Cape since the beginning of the year.

Only two of the babies have survived.

Earlier this week a newborn was discovered in a rubbish bin in Rondebosch.

Dumped babies have been found in the Delft and Philippi areas as well.

Baby Safe's Danielle Thomson said baby dumping is an act of desperation.

"A lot of it has to do with poverty and being unable to care for themselves - much less care for a child. It can be an abusive relationship or a partner that refuses to help. It can be disease."