Body of newborn found behind post office in CT

The baby who was still attached to his umbilical cord was declared dead by paramedics & his age is unknown.

FILE: An unidentified man alerted Steenberg police to the discovery in Seventh Avenue on Monday. Picture: Stock.XCHNG.

CAPE TOWN - Police this morning said the body of a newborn baby has been found behind a post office building in Retreat in Cape Town.

An unidentified man alerted Steenberg police to the discovery in Seventh Avenue on Monday.

When police arrived at the scene they found the baby boy's body covered with a blanket.

The police's Frederick Van Wyk said, "The baby was declared dead by paramedics and his age is unknown at this stage. He still had an umbilical cord on and the police have opened an inquest case for further investigation."

SUBSTANCE ABUSE LINKED TO BABY ABANDONMENT

Last week, Cape Town Child Welfare said seven children had been abandoned in the city this year to that date compared to 19 last year.

Two weeks ago, a two-year-old child was abandoned in Langa and it's believed her mother was a drug addict.

The toddler was taken to a place of safety.

The organisation's Niresh Ramklass said, "We definitely link child abandonment to substance abuse where mothers are using drugs. We have young mothers who abandon unwanted babies; that was the case a few years ago when the numbers went up to 500."

Meanwhile, Khayelitsha carers are still looking for the relatives of an eight-month-old girl found in January this year.

She's being cared for at the Fikelela Children's Centre, which cares for up to 100 children every year and accommodates up to 40 children at any given time.

The baby was neglected and then abandoned by her parents.

Fikelela Childrens Centre's Kate Brydon said her mother didn't have a home. She worked in the evenings, when she'd leave the infant unattended.

The baby had to be rehabilitated back to health.