Desperate teen killed her baby

2014-06-05 00:00

A TEENAGE mother has described in court how she stabbed her seven-month-old baby girl, Aphiwe, to death with a bread knife after finding no one would help support her and her baby.

According to a statement prepared by Nompumelelo Nyati’s legal aid lawyer Pauline Andrews, she did so on May 2 after failing to get a child support grant for three months and then being turned away by the family of the baby’s father to whom she turned for help.

Nyati (18), from eDumbe near Paulpietersburg, said the father’s family told her that they couldn’t take care of another child.

“I had no one to support me and the child and I returned home,” she told the Pietermaritzburg high court.

According to Nyati, she had received a child grant of R300 per month from the SA Social Security Agency from December 2013 until February this year, when she no longer received it.

“I was residing with my grandmother at the time and we were not on speaking terms as I could not contribute to the household. I was sleeping in my grandmother’s kitchen and due to the financial hardship at home, I ate at my friend’s place,” she said.

Nyati said when she got back from the baby’s father’s family she returned to the rondavel at home and put her child on the ground.

“I looked for something to use to do the stabbing and found a breadknife.

“I stabbed Aphiwe once on her chest. She cried. I went to the Ntombela homestead approximately three houses away from my house and reported to them that I stabbed the child. I was crying.”

Nyati said they went back to her home and found Aphiwe was still breathing.

“I was instructed to take the child to hospital. On our way to hospital we met the police who accompanied us to eDumbe Hospital. The child died on the way to hospital,” she said.

Nyati was placed under arrest immediately thereafter.

She said she had made a confession to a magistrate T.J. Sokhela on May 6 this year.

“I am truly remorseful for my actions and I am prepared to take responsibility,” she added.

Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati found Nyati guilty of murder before postponing the case to June 19 pending a pre-sentencing report from a probation officer.

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