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The mother of a Durban baby whose March kidnapping was allegedly staged, is expected to plead guilty to the charges of fraud leveled against her after the infant was found.

The woman – who cannot be named, to protect the identity of the minor child involved – as well as her co-accused and one-time lover, made a brief appearance in the Durban Regional Court on Wednesday.

The court heard that her attorney, Mfanafuthi Biyela, intended on tendering a guilty plea next month.

Reports that a month-old baby girl had been abducted from the Durban city centre, triggered a large scale search earlier this year.

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Her mother and her mother's husband both made public appeals for the safe return of the infant.

Then two days later, police pulled a vehicle over at the Mariannhill Toll Plaza and found the baby, with a man who claimed at the time that he was her biological father.

The baby was believed to have been in New Hanover, near Pietermaritzburg.

Her mother allegedly gave her to her lover voluntarily.

The baby was taken to a place of safety after her mother’s arrest.

The Mercury