Mpumalanga ‘baby snatcher’ to remain behind bars

Mpumalanga ‘baby snatcher’ to remain behind bars

The 44-year-old Sheila Graig, who is accused of stealing a 1-month-old baby, made a brief appearance at the Nelspruit Magistrates Court in Mpumalanga on Tuesday.

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 Nelspruit police spokesperson Dineo Sekgotodi says Graig told officers at the local police station that she needed to complete an affidavit to enable her to adopt the child.


"When asked about the whereabouts of the biological mother, she reportedly presented a signed affidavit purported to be from the mother who is based in Bellville, Cape Town.

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"Graig further gave the officers a contact number which was subsequently answered by a man who dropped the call upon hearing that it was the police on the line. The Hawks’ seriousorganised crime investigation team swiftly arrived at the station after they were summoned."


Sekgotodi says further investigation revealed that the child was kidnapped after birth at the Bellville Hospital by a woman pretending to be the mother’s relative.


Graig remains in custody and will be back in court next week for a formal bail application.

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