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Paarl baby kidnapping: Child neglect possible factor

Two-month-old Azile Skafu was reunited with his parents earlier this week.

Azile Skafu and his mother Monica. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development Department has reiterated neglect could have been a factor in the kidnapping of a Paarl baby.

Two-month-old Azile Skafu was reunited with his parents earlier this week.

He was snatched from their home more than a week ago by a woman who has since been arrested.

Police say two teenage girls found the suspect with Skafu under a tree in the Mbekweni township on Tuesday.

She then apparently gave the child to them before running away.

Police later tracked her down in Wellington.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says, "We will continue to play a role within this family specifically because one of the issues that really worried us is that there may be element of child neglect within this case."