Police plead for info on Diepsloot newborn

The woman is believed to have fled the area.

The scene of a crime where a new born baby was dumped in a stream in Diepsloot on 19 October 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Anyone with information on the whereabouts of a Diepsloot mother who dumped her newborn baby in a local stream should come forward, Gauteng police said on Sunday.

The woman is believed to have fled the area.

Police said they are tracing hospital records and conducting DNA tests and hope to make an arrest soon.

They've also confirmed they're investigating a case of murder against the woman who is believed to be from Diepsloot extension four.

The body of the newborn baby boy was left in the stream for more than four hours before the body was discovered on Saturday morning by community members crossing the stream.

Eyewitnesses believe the woman warned the baby's father beforehand.

"I saw the baby lying there in the water next to a small tree on bricks. He was not wearing clothes.

"Later, a policeman picked up the child and put him in a plastic bag."

The motive for the killing is still unknown.

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.

Police are still searching for the mother.