The mother of baby Siwaphiwe Mbambo has been arrested for her kidnapping, police in Durban, South Africa have confirmed.
The one-month-old baby was found alive early on Sunday morning after being taken in a car hijacking at a Durban shopping centre on Friday.
Two other people, a man and a woman were also arrested.
She was in the back seat of a white Toyota Yaris which was stolen from her mother at gunpoint in Greyville, Durban on Friday morning.
A massive search was conducted for the missing baby, and a reward of R250 000 was offered for any information that would lead to her safe return.
On Sunday morning, police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer confirmed that three people – the 34-year-old biological mother, another woman and a man – were arrested and being kept in custody.
National SAPS spokeswoman Colonel Athlenda Mathe said: “It’s unfortunate that one of the people arrested and in police custody is the mother of the baby herself. A more detailed press statement will be released.”
“Too many inconsistencies emerged during the interviews, especially in terms of the initial reporting to the police of how the incident developed,” said national police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer.
“Information generated from the interviews became critical in the setting up of a roadblock in Mariannhill in the early hours of [Sunday] morning.”
The arrests were made in the early hours of Sunday morning.