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Wandering toddler’s mom in the dock

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg -

A 19-year-old woman whose son was found wandering on the N1 freeway near the Grasmere offramp is expected to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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The woman was granted R500 bail in April. Her child was at a place of safety, Gauteng traffic spokeswoman Busaphi Nxumalo said at the time.

The 19-year-old mother is originally from Orange Farm and faces charges of attempted murder and child abandonment.

She was arrested on April 5 at night, two days after her 16-month-old boy escaped being hit by a truck while walking along the freeway.

Traffic police patrolling the N1 noticed a truck swerve and then saw the child walking on the road at around 7pm.

Police suspected that the child had been left there as there were no houses nearby. - Sapa

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