Baby Eden has been returned safe and sound with his family

Baby Eden has been returned safe and sound with his family

- The child was reported missing after the domestic worker took him for a walk and did not return

- The parents were called by the alleged kidnappers and told to hand over a ransom of R6-million

- The baby was returned after a dramatic intervention by the police who rescued the 13-month-old boy

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After being reported missing for over 72 hours baby Eden Laird has been found and returned to his distraught parents. He is healthy and does not show any signs of injury.

The Pink Ladies, an organisation which assists in cases involving missing children, issued a kidnapped child alert after Eden was taken, allegedly by a domestic worker.

The family said that the domestic worker took Eden for a walk around 8:45 am on Wednesday and did not return to the family's home in Brackendowns, Alberton.

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A statement was released by the Intelligence Bureau of South Africa this morning.

“On Wednesday 2/5/2018 a 13-month-old baby was kidnapped in the Brackendowns area as per Cas 05/05/2018. LtCol Jordaan was the cluster duty officer on duty and was tasked with the resolution of the kidnapping. The suspects called the parents and demanded R 6 000 000 for the safe release of the child.
After an unsuccessful money drop on the 3/5/2018 the PHO Trio Team was asked to assist with a money drop on the 4/3/2018. An operational plan was put together by the team and the money drop off was observed.
When the team had sight of the baby a tactical takedown of the suspects was executed.
The baby was safely returned to the father and taken to a hospital for a medical examination.
2 suspects were arrested at the drop off point. After further investigations the domestic worker from the baby’s parents home was also arrested with some of the earlier received ransom money. Further investigations led to the arrest of a further 2 suspects as well as the vehicle used to transport the kidnapped baby a red Nissan Sentra was also recovered.
All suspects will be detained at Brackendowns SAPS and FCS Ekhuruleni West Cluster will investigate the case further.”

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