Security lapse resulted in woman walking out with newborn at Bara, MEC admits
The baby girl was snatched from her sleeping mother during visiting hours yesterday by a middle-aged woman.
JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has described the kidnapping of a newborn baby at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital as a well-thought-out and executed plan.
The baby girl was snatched from her sleeping mother during visiting hours on day by a middle-aged woman.
The baby was found at a house in Diepkloof earlier on Friday following a tip-off from community members.
A 35-year-old woman has since been taken in for questioning.
Masuku conceded there was a security lapse at the hospital which resulted in the kidnapping of the newborn baby girl.
“There was a security lapse which is something that as a hospital we’ll have to look at moving and also with all the other hospitals around Gauteng,” he said.
Masuku said it was apparent the incident was well-planned.
“It clearly shows that it was premeditated and well-planned and well-orchestrated. She knew the times and she knew how the unit gets busy.”
CCTV footage shows a middle-aged woman who claimed to be the baby's grandmother leave with the newborn on Thursday.
Police are currently questioning a 35-year-old suspect who was found with the baby at a house in Diepkloof.
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