Cape Town - A couple charged with child neglect for leaving their infant son unsupervised for eight hours will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The woman, 23, and her Congolese partner, 25, allegedly left the baby boy unsupervised from 8am to 4pm at their house in Brooklyn on Sunday.

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said the baby was found lying alone on a bed.

“The neighbours became suspicious as the baby cried non-stop. They alerted the police, who later managed to gain entry to the house where they found the baby on the parents’ bed.”

Van Wyk added that the couple only returned to their residence at around 3am on Monday.

“Maitland police want to send a stern warning to reckless parents to be responsible, caring parents.

“If found reckless, they will feel the full might of the law.

“Communities are urged to report any suspicious behaviour or activities in an attempt to protect our innocent children.”

The baby was now staying at a place of safety, police said.

Cape Argus