North West police are in search of a woman who has been accused of running off with the six-week-old baby of a Brits mom.
Brits newborn kidnapped in broad daylight
According to police spokesperson Maria Nkabinde, the newborn was kidnapped at the Brits CBD at approximately 16:40 on Tuesday.
The inconsolable mother, 19-year-old Suzan Kutumela, rushed to the Brits police station to file kidnapping charges against a woman she knows only as ‘Kedibone’.
Based on her statement, she and the woman who resides in Phase 3, Oukasie, were acquainted. Kutumela alleges that she was with a person identified as a ‘male friend’ in the city’s central business district to meet with Kedibone at the Brits Post Office.
It is not exactly clear at this point what the purpose of this meeting was. However, Kutumela felt comfortable around the woman who, at the time of the meeting, was carrying a baby on her back.
For some reason, the male friend Kutumela came with did not tag along when the two moms left to buy food at the Shoprite Centre in Murray Avenue.
The one person that she would have trusted more than Kedibone was — either by choice or instruction — left at the Post Office and Kutumela, her guard completely down, left her newborn in the care of Kedibone while she ran into the store to buy food.
“Upon her return, the suspect was nowhere to be found with the two babies. She did enquiries regarding the suspect, but that did not yield positive results,” Nkabinde noted in a statement.
Just like that, in a matter of minutes, her six-week-old baby had completely disappeared with a person she thought she knew.
Everything we know about the alleged Brits kidnapper
Brits police, as well as Kutumela’s family, have been on the hunt for the woman, known only by her first name.
When she was last seen, Kedibone was wearing a brown jacket and had one of the babies wrapped around her back with a pink towel.
Pic: The kidnapped six-week-old baby
No other description was made available by Brits police. This is what the six-week-old baby looks like:
Anyone with information on the baby’s disappearance, or Kedibone, is encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Jonas Mogotlane of the Brits Family Violence Child, Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit on 0609709200 or call the Crime Stop number: 08600 10111