Police investigate after infant found abandoned in open field

The baby, aged between two & four months, was discovered in a field in Mitchells Plain earlier this week.

FILE: Two-month-old who was found dumped in Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - A case of child abandonment has been opened after a baby was found in Mitchell's Plain.

The little girl was discovered on a field in Woodlands earlier this week.

She's said to be in good health.

The police's Noloyiso Rwexana said, "We can confirm that we are investigating a case of baby abandonment after a baby girl of between two and four months was found abandoned on Tuesday at about 4pm at a field in Mitchell's Avenue in Woodlands."

The infant was found wrapped in blankets with a bag of baby clothes and a milk bottle was placed next to her.

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said, "The department was alerted that the baby was found on a field adjacent to a school. We immediately set protocols in place to make sure that the baby gets into safe keeping."

Police have asked anyone who might have any information about the baby or her family to contact them.

They've distributed the photo of the infant in an attempt to find anyone who may recognise or know the her.

Earlier this week as fetus was found dumped in Delft.

In May, the Western Cape Social Development Department said it has seen an increase in child abandonment cases over the past year.

The department is dealing with a number of cases where children have been abandoned or neglected.

One such case includes that of a 17-month-old boy who was left on the doorstep of a Steenberg house earlier this year.

The baby remains in the care of social workers.