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Luthando Mapepa and Liberty Dube Post Correspondents
A CHIPINGE family was left traumatised after their maid did the unthinkable and stole their infant, while a 19-year-old woman from Chigodora has been hauled before a regional court in Mutare on allegations of stealing a child from a vendor in a bid to please her ex-husband. In Chipinge, the recently employed domestic worker was later arrested at her rural home in Chiredzi after detectives quickly reacted and made a follow up. Virginia Tanatswa Sithole from Porusingazi Village under Chief Gudo area committed the crime on Tuesday. She is set to appear in court today on theft and kidnapping charges. The mother of the infant Margaret Muyambo of Medium Density, who is employed as a nurse at Chipinge District Hospital was relieved after reuniting with her daughter. “On May 6, the kidnapper posed as an innocent childminder to Margaret Muyambo who was looking for a maid. Muyambo employed Sithole as a child minder and entrusted her to keep the infant at her matrimonial home. At around 3pm on the same day the deceitful child minder transformed her evil thoughts into action, ransacked the bedroom and stole R500 before strapping the baby on her back. She left the residence and boarded a commuter omnibus to her rural home in Porusingazi Village which is about 200km from Chipinge town. Muyambo returned back home and found the child missing,” Chipinge district CID public relations officer said. The 19 year-old girl pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges when she appeared before Mutare regional magistrate, Mrs Loice Mukunyadze. The sentence was expected to be passed once results of medical examination were availed. Nomathemba Sayi prosecuted.