The suspect was arrested at a local hospital this week and is facing attempted murder charges. 

Last week we reported on the Miracle Baby that was rescued in a storm drain in Durban, who was allegedly dumped by 27-year-old mother.

It is now confirmed that the new born baby girl, Sibanisethu (ray of light in isiZulu), is alive and healthy, and the mother, a 27-year-old resident from the Newlands East area of Durban has been arrested for attempted murder.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, colonel Thembeka Mbhele, said the suspect was arrested at a local hospital and was facing attempted murder charges.

“The woman is under police guard and will soon appear in court,” said Mbhele.

Passersby were alerted to the child’s cries on Monday last week and contacted authorities. After a nearly four hour operation by numerous responders, the infant was rescued unharmed and flown to the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. Doctors there declared the child unharmed, but cold, and said her survival was “a miracle”.

The girl was believed to be between one and three days old when she was extricated.

She was moved to another hospital from Albert Luthuli and placed in the care of social services. The child is in a good condition, according to the province’s health MEC.

“I think any child who survives any amount of hours — and it sounds like it was at least four to five hours — in a stormwater pipe on days two or three after birth is a miracle,” the doctor added, according to TimesLive. “It is mercy from above that she is alive.”


Date published: 20/02/2019
Written by: Gillian Fraser
Feature image: KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo visited the baby after her miraculous rescue.
Article source: JOY News