In a heartbreaking incident, members of the Reaction Unit responded to a scene in Dawncrest, KZN, after an infant baby girl was discovered abandoned in a bush.
The baby was found by a man who was picking mangoes near a soccer court. She was located at the base of an embankment next to a stream. The temperature at the time was 28 degrees Celsius.
Next to the child, a bag containing nappies, a bottle of milk, and a pacifier was found. Alongside these items, a note written in English, believed to be from the mother, was also discovered.
The note explained that the mother had reached out to social workers twice but felt let down by the system. It stated that abortion was not an option due to safety concerns and strict hospital rules.
The mother requested that authorities be notified when the baby was found. The man who discovered the baby immediately contacted his employer, who requested the assistance of Reaction Unit SA.
Upon arrival at the scene, Reaction Officers were directed to the location of the abandoned baby. They took custody of the child and the bag.
A female officer and medics were called to the scene to provide immediate care. The baby’s soaked diaper was changed, and she was fed with a bottle of milk.
Medical professionals examined the approximately three-month-old infant and confirmed she was in good health.
A criminal case of Child Abandonment will be registered, and Reaction Officers are seeking assistance from the public to identify the child or her mother. Anyone with information is urged to contact 086 1234 333 (RUSA).