Assaulted baby, helper still in hospital

2010-04-23 11:04

The toddler and helper who were severely beaten at a home in Robin Hills, Johannesburg, were still under medical care this morning as police worked on tracking down those responsible.


Sandton Medi-Clinic spokeswoman Liezel Furlong said the baby girl’s condition was serious and a Helen Joseph Hospital official said the helper Francina Sekhu was “okay”.


The baby’s mother – identified by Beeld as Madelein Kruger – arrived home from work at 1pm yesterday to find the baby unconscious and the care-giver beaten and tied up.


Colonel Eugene Opperman said he had spoken to the baby’s mother and the care-giver, but would not share any more information with the media.


“The investigation will go on. We have nothing more to tell you than what we have already given out,” he said.


By mid-morning, to his knowledge, nobody had been arrested or taken in for questioning.


Paramedics said the woman and baby were taken to hospital in critical conditions with serious head injuries.


“They were both transported to hospital in a critical condition,” ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said.


T
he Star reported a neighbour came out of her house to see the mother holding the child in her arms.

Blood was pouring from her nose and ears, Olga Rossouw told the paper.


When two security guards arrived on the scene, the baby had stopped breathing.They drove the mother and baby to Sandton Medi-Clinic.


A laptop and modem was reportedly stolen.


The attack has shocked the community of Robin Hills, declared a medium risk area by Fifa, said Linden Community Police Forum chairman Jadd Harding.


The forum, which covers that area, had offered their assistance to the police and this would include victim support.


“I’ve had a couple of phone calls from people who are shocked and want to know what is happening,” said Harding. 

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