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Diepsloot mother arrested

A mother accused of leaving her baby to die alone at home has been found by police.

A mother accused of leaving her baby to die alone at home in Diepsloot has been found by police. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The mother of a seven-month-old boy who was found dead in Diepsloot over the weekend was arrested at a tavern while drinking with a friend, Gauteng police confirmed on Wednesday.

She has been on the run since the discovery of her son's body over the weekend.

The infant was discovered by neighbour in a shack in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police said his foot had been eaten by rats.

Authorities were called to the area by a community member who let them know where they could find the mother.

The woman was arrested on Tuesday night.

She will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Thursday on charges of murder and child neglect.

Several child-related crimes have been reported in the northern Johannesburg township in recent months.

In October, the bodies of Diepsloot cousins Zandile and Yonalisa Mali were found dumped inside a communal toilet.

A day later, a newborn baby was dumped in a local stream in Diepsloot extension 6.

Also in October, a mother told police her three-year-old daughter may have been raped while in the care of her father and uncle.

In October and again early in November, Diepsloot residents took to the streets, outraged by the number of crimes there.