#DurbanBaby became a social media phenomenon since last week Friday’s alleged hijacking that which police are now saying was a staged hijacking.
Various sources report that the one month old baby had been kept at a house in New Hanover in central KwaZulu-Natal for nearly 48 hours. While search parties combed bush and roadside scrub across Durban‚ had been ferreted away to the distant farming community.
Two independent police sources‚ with intimate knowledge of the case‚ said that a break in the case came when her mother‚ under intense scrutiny and questioning by detectives‚ revealed her secret affair. The South African Police service along with the community of Durban searched areas where the child might have been however the search was called off.
By Saturday night detectives set up roadblocks and eventually located the mother’s lover as he was returning the child to Durban between midnight and 1am Sunday. The vehicle was eventually forced to stop on the N3 near the Mariannhill Toll Plaza.
Officers stationed at the Toll Plaza had seen a car matching the description of one registered in his name‚ and began chasing the vehicle as it sped toward the city. When it eventually drew to a halt‚ #DurbanBaby was found inside‚ wrapped in blanket with two suspects.
The pair‚ along with the baby’s mother were been arrested and made a brief appearance in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today. The pair are facing initial charges of the alleged staged hijacking and the kidnap of the infant, the mother of the child was not added to the court roll, her legal representative was not present for this arraignment.