Baby in boiling water: accused dad gets bail

2010-12-29 00:00

A ONE-YEAR-OLD girl remains in a serious condition in hospital after her father allegedly plunged her in boiling hot water on December 21 as “punishment” for defecating in the house.

The man charged with causing the child’s injuries, Khulekhani Mjoli (25), appeared in court last Friday and was granted bail, according to SA Police Force spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan.

Jeevan said police received a complaint from the hospital that the man had gone there to see the child yesterday. “He has been warned to stay away,” she said.

The baby’s mother told The Witness she is very unhappy that the man was released on bail. “I am praying that my baby gets well,” she added.

The little girl sustained severe burns to her lower body. Police reported that the child’s mother had left the toddler in the care of her biological father and a child minder while she went to work. On her return she was told that the child and her father were at the hospital.

It was alleged that when the baby “made a mess” her father had boiled a kettle of water, emptied it into a washing basin and placed the baby into it as a punishment.

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