Children discover body of newborn in 20l drum – Police ask for help tracing mother

A group of children in the Eastern Cape discovered the body of a newborn baby in a 20-litre drum last Thursday, according to a statement by police.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerda Swart said the children had been playing when they made the grisly find at around 3:25pm on the day.

"Th children were playing in the channel next to Gamble Street, Central, Uitenhage when they saw a 20-litre drum and discovered the body of the newborn in it. A post mortem will be held to determine the exact cause of death. The circumstances surrounding the discovery and how the body landed up there is not clear and it is under investigation," Swart said.

Appeal for help to trace mother

Swart added that the police are appealing to anyone who can assist with the tracing of the mother or with the investigation to contact Detective Warrant Officer Deon Roos on 079 896 8148 or SAPS Uitenhage on 041 996 3438 or contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or download the MySAPS App.

(Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu)

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