5 June 2012

Namibia: Parents of Abandoned Baby Traced

THE parents of the three-month-old baby who was abandoned on Friday night were traced by the Police yesterday.

The baby boy was taken to the Katutura State Hospital by the Police and spent the entire weekend there.

The parents made no effort at all to look for the baby over the weekend.

The Namibian reported in yesterday's edition that the baby was found abandoned at a Havana shebeen, but the story changed yesterday after the Police interrogated the parents.

The mother's version is that she took the baby to the shebeen, which is frequented by the father, to demand maintenance money from him, Police Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said yesterday.

When the mother did not find the baby's father, she returned home, but on her way back met a friend of the father and gave the child to him to take to the father, Shikwambi related.

The friend, instead of taking the child to the father, went to the Wanaheda Police Station, where he handed over the boy, Shikwambi said.

It is not clear whether the man who took the child to the Police had made any effort to inform the parents about the whereabouts of the baby.

The Police in turn took the child to the Katutura Hospital just after midnight on Friday, where the baby spent the weekend.

Yesterday, the case was handed over to the Woman and Child Protection Unit of the Police, who traced both parents.

During questioning by the Police, the mother said she can no longer look after the child and the baby was left in the care of the father.

Both parents were released by the Police after questioning.

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