First picture of Baby Eden returned to parents, and their media Statement
The domestic worker who was arrested with the other alleged kidnappers of Baby Eden from Brackendowns has been known to the child's family for years.
Eden Laird, the 13-month-old boy disappeared on Wednesday with the homeworker in Alberton on the East Rand and was found on Saturday morning just after midnight.
He is sound and safe and back in the care of his parents, Stuart and Bronwyn. The police arrested five suspects, including the homeworker, in Windmill Park, Boksburg.
Laird family spokesperson Michael Basch told Netwerk24 on Saturday that the homeworker has been working for the Laird family for years. She is a citizen of Zimbabwe.
"Eventually it was all about money. . .
They have seen a possible opportunity to get money out of the situation and fortunately it's not how it played out. "The real losers are her (the homeworker's) family, " said Basch.
They are now sitting with many questions. Basch says as the investigation and subsequent court case unfolds, one might get a clearer picture of what the motivation for the abduction was.
Media Statement re: Baby Eden.
The Laird family would like to state that they are overjoyed at the rescue and safe return of their son Eden Laird late last night. They would like to extend their utmost gratitude to all members of the SAPS, PHO trio Lt Col Prowse, Capt Hicks team. SAPS HO, Ekurhuleni Cluster, Brackendowns, Fidelity specialised services, Rentrak R4, Col Thompson, Col Tsabalala and the Brackendowns CPF.
Their untiring dedication and professionality cannot be understated throughout this entire process. The family would also like to expressly thank The entire Bridge Church for their incredible support. It is through the Grace of God that all involved where kept safe and testament to his power that Eden was rescued in good health.
To the family and friends who gave their time and resources to assist in the successful rescue of Eden, thank you, your deep personal support throughout all of this will never be forgotten.
Furthermore the family wishes to thank the pink ladies for all of their efforts and support.
Lastly the family would like to thank the thousands of people both locally and from around the world for their messages of support and concern shown towards the family.
There is no real way to describe the emotions, stress and pressure that this family has had to go through.
Knowing, seeing and feeling the global community sharing their love and concern is a blessing that will have a profound and lasting effect
The family have asked that they be given the space and time to begin to heal after what can only be described as a harrowing and emotionally traumatic experience.
The family would also like to thank the media for their understanding as to the sensitive nature of any and all communication and for respecting that.
For now let us all embrace the joy of them being reunited with their youngest son, a joy which no doubt is being felt throughout the community. Michael BaschSpokesperson for the Laird Family.