‘Crushed’ newborn dumped

Goodwood Community Police Forum chairman John Ross has condemned the “horrendous” killing of a newborn baby who was found in a plastic bag on the streets in Goodwood last week.

Sihle Ngobese, spokesman for Social Development MEC Albert Fritz, said the department would help the police with their investigation.

According to eyewitnesses the baby’s “bloodied and crushed body” had been dumped on the street by a woman who had just given birth, he said.

Mr Ross said Goodwood police station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Hennie Rademeyer had assured him the incident was being “thoroughly investigated”.

Mr Ngobese said the department condemned the killing of the baby.

“It is most disturbing that the alleged murderer could be the mother of the baby,” he said, appealing to expectant parents and parents of newborns to approach social workers for help if they needed it.

“This service is available to anyone who may be experiencing emotional or physical difficulty in raising their child,” he
said.

Goodwood police spokesman Captain Waynne Theunis said municipal workers had discovered the body of the baby on the corner of Dingle and Riebeeck streets, on Wednesday August 23, at 10am.

“They called the police, and we are still investigating the incident and a case of concealment of birth has been opened at the station,” he said.

In March, residents were shocked to discover three fully-formed foetuses, presumably triplets, tossed out of a car in Station Road, Goodwood (“Residents make grisly find”, Northern News, March 1).

Missing children or cases of child abuse and neglect can be reported to the police or to the Department of Social Development hotline at 0800 220 250.