She was told by another patient that a lady claiming to be her mother-in-law took away the baby.
Instead of cradling her newborn baby, a mother in South African was devastated to find her infant was abducted from the hospital and sold for £130 (Dh600 approx), soon after being born.
The mother, Bikokuhle Hlatshwayo, who gave birth to a baby girl last Wednesday, was told by another patient next to her bed that a lady claiming to be her mother-in-law took away the baby.
“I was surprised not to find any family member outside. I then took my phone and checked with my real mother-in-law, but she said she was only on her way. I then panicked, and cried helplessly,” Mirror.co.uk quoted the woman as saying in Times Live. CCTV footage of the hospital revealed an unidentified woman had walked away with the baby.
Fortunately, the baby was found two days later at a house near the hospital in Johannesburg and was returned to her mother after DNA tests. “Police told me that my baby was sold for R2,500 and I cannot stop thinking, what if I never found her,” said the mother.
The new parents are reportedly considering legal action and a 35-year-old was arrested in connection with the abduction of the child, a police spokesperson confirmed.
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