The teenager accused of stealing a baby from Worcester Hospital earlier this year stood with her head bowed the whole time during her brief court appearance yesterday.
Stephanie Ross, who recently turned 18, was quiet as she appeared in Worcester Regional Court on a charge of abduction.
The case was postponed for a month for Ross’ Legal Aid lawyer to make submissions to the Director of Public Prosecution. It is not clear what these submissions entail.
Ross, who was dressed in tight jeans, a grey hoodie and pink All Star sneakers, was quickly taken out of the court by two women who declined to speak to the media.
The teenager is accused of stealing a 10-day-old baby from Worcester Hospital in February after pretending to have been pregnant.
Baby Sergio Strydom was found three days later at Ross’ parents’ house in Ashton.
Sergio’s parents claimed before Ross took their baby, she had given them her address, asking them to keep in contact.
Meanwhile, Sergio’s granny Segrai Pieterse struggles to understand why Ross is not in jail.
“We know nothing about the case. Ek was stomgeslaan toe ek hoor sy is buite. How did it happen?” says Segrai.
Ross was initially held at a place of safety as a minor, but after her 18th birthday she was released on own responsibility.
“I don’t hold any grudges against her because we don’t know what led to her doing it,” adds Segrai.
The proud granny says her youngest grandson is doing very well and is “spekvet”.
“He turned three months old on 15 May and started sitting up against stuff.
“He really is the most beautiful blessing,” she brags.