Hunt for baby, day-mother’s killers

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 Mpumalanga police were still searching on Thursday for those responsible for the murder of a day-mother and a five-month-old baby boy in Delmas.

“We have no information, and there have been no arrests. We are still looking for possible leads,” Lt-Col Leonard Hlathi said.

The woman and the child were found strangled in her home in Delmas on Wednesday. The baby's mother repeatedly phoned the 66-year-old woman's house on Wednesday, and became concerned when there was no answer.

The day-mother's body was found under a carpet in an outside room. The baby was found under a bed in the main house.

The motive for the murders was not known.

Beeld newspaper on Thursday named the day-mother as Margrietha de Goede.

It said Rieta and Wiets Botes, the parents of the slain baby, Wiehan, had waited eight years to have a child.

According to Beeld another baby, 18 months old, who was also in De Goede's care, was found crying but unharmed in the house. - Sapa

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