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Breakthrough due in Diepsloot baby case

The body of the baby boy was left in the stream for more than four hours.

The scene where a newborn baby was dumped in a stream in Diepsloot. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say they expect to make a breakthrough in a murder case in Diepsloot, where a mother dumped her newborn baby in a local stream.

The body of the baby boy was left in the stream for more than four hours on Saturday.

The motive for the killing is unknown.

Police are conducting DNA tests on the baby and are checking hospital records to determine the identity of the mother.

It's believed the woman has fled the area.

She allegedly sent the baby's father an SMS telling him she had dumped the baby in the river.

Police have since urged anyone with information on the mother's whereabouts to come forward.

The incident is the latest in a string of crimes against children in Gauteng.

Last week two children were raped and murdered while another two young girls were allegedly poisoned by their mother in Katlehong.

On Saturday morning two babies were found in an open field in Krugersdorp, with their umbilical cords still attached.