MASERU — A 28-year-old Mosotho woman was last week arrested by the Welkom police for allegedly stealing a baby.
According to a press release from the South African Police Services the woman was found in possession of an eight-month old baby she had taken from her 21-year-old mother, Motshidisi Seobi.
The police said the woman had approached Seobi and promised to give her a job.
“On August 12 Motshidisi Seobi, 21, was approached by an unknown woman while she was at her residence at C-hostel in Thabong, Welkom, who promised her employment in Welkom Central Business Development. They came together from Thabong until they reached Total Garage in Stateway, Welkom,” said the police.
“The child namely Dineo Seobi, eight months, was stolen under the pretence that the mother will be provided with employment. The SAPS worked around the clock to ensure that the suspect was brought to book”.
The stolen baby was found after police got a tip-off.
The tip-off led the police to a farm called Esperanza in Welkom.
“A number of Lesotho men ran away from the house. While the house was searched a child was found hidden in a blanket and she was asleep. The mother was collected to identify the child. The father of the child, Thapelo Mosidi, could not hold back tears when he was reunited with his child,” said the police.
The suspect is yet to appear in court.
Welkom Station Commander Brigadier Mzondi Mojafi said he was impressed by the efforts of his officers to solve the case.
“I am very proud of all members who were involved in ensuring that the perpetrator of this heinous crime of child stealing is brought to book to face the might of the law,” said Mojafi.
“My appreciation also goes to residents who gave information which led to the arrest of the suspect. This is an indication that the residents are sick and tired of crime in their residential areas,” he said.