A 19-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap a newborn at a hospital in Mpumalanga at the weekend.
Police spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said that the woman pretended to be expecting. She then allegedly faked going into labour and this was when she tried to steal the tiny baby in the maternity ward.
Malamule said that the suspect tried to hide the baby in her handbag.
Hospital security caught the woman before she could exit the premises with the newborn.