A Mount Road police clerk who allegedly agreed to care for a six-month-old baby dropped off at the police station has been charged with perjury after trying to open a case of abandonment against the mother of the child.
The Herald reported this morning that Natalie Rall, 29, will stand trial for perjury, while two women, who are apparently friends of hers, are still under investigation for abandoning the six-month-old baby boy. Police have obtained statements from the two women, but they have not been charged.
Rall, herself a mother of two, maintains that a distraught Afrikaans-speaking woman dumped the baby on her desk at the Mount Road police station on Friday afternoon and denies any fostering agreement. She appeared briefly in court yesterday and released on R500 bail.
The baby boy, who is said to be a healthy six months old, has been taken to a place of safety.
Police tracked down the mother on Saturday and questioned her and a friend of hers. Rall was arrested hours later.
The Herald reported that it is the state’s case that the baby’s mother, who is single and unemployed, could no longer afford to look after him.
The mother, apparently a part-time exotic dancer, had accordingly approached a friend last Wednesday for assistance. Although the friend initially agreed to look after the baby, the boy’s mother feared that they lived too far apart. She wanted to be able to visit her son on a weekly basis.The friend had then apparently contacted Rall, who agreed to house the baby in the interim.
Rall, however, reported a case of abandonment and attempted to open a docket after taking the child.
Her case was postponed to October 25 for further investigation. She has not yet pleaded to the charge.