[UPDATE] Kidnapped PE boy (3) found in woman's shack

Investigating officer, Capt Nomawethu Machewula, received several calls from the public about possible sightings of the suspect and the child.

Nefrin Lucraine Roberts (3) was kidnapped at a beach in Port Elizabeth. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police in Port Elizabeth have arrested a 25-year-old woman in a shack in Victoria Park Drive this morning for the kidnapping of child.

According to police information, the child, Nefrin Lucraine Roberts, was at the beach in Summerstrand with his grandmother, Lucinda Roberts on Friday afternoon, 4 January.

They were waiting for the child’s mother. While there, a woman, who introduced herself as Meagan from Shauderville, struck up a conversation with the grandmother and after a while, both women went across to the nearby shopping centre to buy liquor.

They went back to the beach and waited for the child’s mother who never arrived. The two women stayed on the beach and a while later, about 6pm, ‘Meagan’ went back to the shopping centre to buy cigarettes. She took the child with her and never returned.

The incident was reported to police on Saturday, 5 January.

At the time, the child was wearing a grey sweater and blue shorts. The child is from Hibiscus Street, Ext 31 in Bethelsdorp.

Investigating officer, Capt Nomawethu Machewula, received several calls from the public about possible sightings of the suspect and the child.

At about 10:45am on Sunday, a team of detectives including the commander from the FCS unit were making enquiries in the vicinity in Victoria Park Drive when they made a breakthrough.

Nefrin Lucarine Roberts was found with the suspect in a shack deep in the bushes.

According to 'Meagan', when she returned with the child after going to the shop, she could not find the grandmother so she took the child with her.

She could not give police a reasonable explanation as to why she didn’t contact police,

The child was taken to Dora Nginza hospital for a medical examination and apart from been malnourished, he was fine. He has been reunited with his family.

Meanwhile, the suspect has been detained on a charge of kidnapping and will appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrates’ court on Monday.