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Three-week-old Damien Tiemie, allegedly snatched by a teenager outside an Oudtshoorn supermarket on Thursday, had not yet been found, police said yesterday.
His mother, Elzane Tiemie, left him with her 14-year-old nephew and a 17-year-old girl while she went to a bank. When she returned, the girl and the infant were gone, police spokesman Malcolm Pojie said.
The girl had given the nephew a R10 note and asked him to buy a memory stick, he said.
“The mother of the child was at Wesbank with her friends, accompanied by her nephew.
“They went to town afterwards. Between 2pm and 2.30pm the mother was approached in High Street by an unidentified woman who apparently knew her as she called her by name.”
A search had been launched and included visits to relatives of the mother and the address where the girl was understood to live, but no trace of the baby had been found, said Pojie.
The girl had a light complexion, he said.
She was dressed in blue jeans, a colourful blouse with flowers, and a white jacket with blue stripes.
l Anyone who has information should call Captain Geoffrey Gordon at 082 778 7293 and 044 203 9000, or CrimeStop confidentially at 08600 10111 or Crimeline at 32211.