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CT mother in court for 'abandoning toddler'

Community members found the boy playing in the street after midnight on Sunday.

Picture: Saps.

CAPE TOWN - A 20-year-old mother is expected to appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court today after she allegedly abandoned her toddler at the weekend.

Community members found the boy playing in the street after midnight on Sunday.

After failing to track down the child's relatives, a community member took him to the local police station.

The police's Fredrick van Wyk said the woman was arrested yesterday.

"The 20-year-old mother from Valhalla Park in Bishop Lavis was found and she was arrested. She will appear in the Bishop Lavis Magistrates Court on a charge of child abandonment. Social services will handle the well-being of the child."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Department of Social Development says it is unclear for how long the toddler will remain in a place of safety.

MEC Albert Fritz said, "We will continue to monitor the situation especially with the parent being charged, but also monitor whether the child is safe. The place of safety is temporary and we will make sure that the child is completely safe before we return the child to any home."

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