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Abused baby sleepy, docile - mom testifies

2012-04-23 22:37

Johannesburg - A 2-month-old baby who died of apparent abuse was sleepy and docile before being taken to hospital, his mother told the North Gauteng High Court on Monday

Wade died of head injuries several days after he was admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital, in Pretoria, in a critical condition.

His parents Nolan Schoeman, 32, and Marissa Rudman, 36 are on trial for his murder. Both have pleaded not guilty to abusing and murdering him in April 2009, and to abusing another child.

In her testimony, Rudman said she noticed swelling on Wade's head, a thumb mark on his forehead and redness around his nose, but no other marks when she bathed him on the day he was admitted to hospital.

However, Schoeman had been in and out of the baby's room and she suspected he was using drugs.

When she "received a report" that Schoeman had hurt the baby she jumped up and found him standing with Wade, lifeless, in his arms.

22 broken ribs

She told the court she "became hysterical" and left the room. The baby then screamed "in a strange manner".

She said the baby was having a fit, and she insisted on taking him to hospital.

At the hospital, a nurse wanted to know if she had dropped Wade, but she denied doing so.

Schoeman "nearly attacked" the nurse and shouted at her, she said. When shown pictures of Wade, Rudman sobbed and denied that she had ever seen anything beyond a slight bump and a thumb mark on her son's head.

The neurosurgeon who treated the infant testified earlier that the baby had two broken arms, 22 broken ribs, dark finger-mark bruises on his head and chest and such severe brain swelling that parts of his brain had already started to die.

He testified that the broken bones had already started to heal and that the head injuries had been four to five days old.

Rudman testified that the only signs of illness she had noticed were a stuffed nose, "a bit of a breathing problem" and that her baby was struggling to drink.

She said she had never seen Schoeman assault the baby apart from a "little tap on the bum" and had believed in her heart that he loved their son and would not hurt him.

Comments
  • Christelle - 2012-04-23 22:51

    Dear heavens - 1stly, how come this matter is only going to trial now?? 3 years after it happened. 2ndly - Paron me for being derogatory - How damn stupid is this female. 3rdly - How could a human being do this to a baby???

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-04-23 23:18

      Christelle answers to your questions as follows : 1) Justice system collapsing 2) Very Stupid-in fact as thick as a brick - more than likely she's lying 3) Because they're drunk, drugged and effed up !

      Azmeena - 2012-04-24 08:37

      We live in a sick world where a child is abused in such a horrific manner.I say hang the both of them.

  • Maijidda4all - 2012-04-23 23:22

    Such an inhuman dad,he deserved to be hanged for the child abused and ,the wife too for not reporting her bl**dy satanic husband

      Olga - 2012-04-25 07:45

      dont tell me that the mother did not know what was happening for we know she had a part to play in this murder it is so sad

  • Maijidda4all - 2012-04-23 23:22

    Such an inhuman dad,he deserved to be hanged for the child abused and ,the wife too for not reporting her bl**dy satanic husband

  • Paige - 2012-04-23 23:50

    This breaks my heart. Think of all the childless couples longing for a baby...

  • Johannes - 2012-04-24 00:19

    What happened to the world?

      Christo - 2012-04-24 01:57

      The answer is simple? We have erased GOD out of our daily lifes. Our society is rotting away every day. Thats why there is such alot of evil things happening around us. Our so called leaders are the proof of the pudding? GOD does not excist in PARLEMENT? Our jails are full and the churches is empty? Lets do something about it? Start a new political party with a solid foundation. There are many people out there with solid valious that can make a change. Dicipline the creminals with the death penalty.

      Arnold - 2012-04-24 08:16

      How dare you bring your god into this. Religion is the biggest evil. Priests rape children and religious zealots murder. I have no god and I would never lay a finger on a child. These two people are sick and deserve exactly the same treatment as they dished out to their poor child.

      Rainbow - 2012-04-24 09:55

      @ Arnold...how dare you question christo for mentioning God in his comment. he has as much right to mention God on this site as you have to denounce him.

      Lanfear - 2012-04-24 12:13

      Nothing exceptional happened Johannes. Do you [and Christo] really think this stuff is only going on now? That in previous years, decades, centuries, stuff like this didn't happen? You are sadly mistaken and very naive if that is what you think. If you look at abuse, rape, murder, slavery, oppression, and so forth throughout history, you will notice that we care more today about such crimes than ever before. Long ago in history for instance [starting with the Romans] the father or patriarch of a household/family had the right to life and death over all the children, women, servants, slaves and animals of the family. He could kill them, expose unwanted babies, etc. and it would be within the law! Today there are still countries where men can kill their women and children with impunity. @ Christo - no my dear man, that is NOT the reason stuff like this happens. If you read above [and research some history] you will realise that this has ALWAYS happened. It was only hidden, or not even against the laws, in older times. Today we are aware of it, and condemn it. Well, at least in many countries in the world, definitely not all.

  • Piet - 2012-04-24 00:35

    Give them to me, I will torture them with the greatest of pleasure.....where is that dynamo and engine oil...or just hang them!

      emile.venter3 - 2012-04-24 07:38

      I will help u with that task gladley,they don't deserve to breath

  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-24 05:18

    Save it!! Injuries so old they're already starting to heal and you only noticed a bump and a thumb print?! BULLSH*T!!! So many wonderful people cannot have children, people who would give a child a wonderful, happy life. But no, rubbish like these two end up parents!! That child's death was a mercy to the child, he would've been left severely brain damaged for the rest of his life, and no doubt the abuse would have never stopped...I wish it were possible to prevent this kind of thing from happening :(

  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-24 05:19

    Save it!! Injuries so old they're already starting to heal and you only noticed a bump and a thumb print?! BULLSH*T!!! So many wonderful people cannot have children, people who would give a child a wonderful, happy life. But no, rubbish like these two end up parents!! That child's death was a mercy to the child, he would've been left severely brain damaged for the rest of his life, and no doubt the abuse would have never stopped...I wish it were possible to prevent this kind of thing from happening :(

  • Forest Gump - 2012-04-24 06:07

    Further proof that we as the human race have no right to cal ourselves \civilised\

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-24 06:35

    The evil is so loud. Who can bear this? Where are we going?

  • renekleyn1 - 2012-04-24 07:00

    Animals!!!! Animals!!! That poor little two month old baby!! God is waiting for the two of you!!!

      Lanfear - 2012-04-24 12:07

      No not animals. Only us "superior" species can murder.

  • Douglas - 2012-04-24 07:18

    this couple should receive the Death Sentence,its Very Manly to Beat a 2 month old to the Condition that Wade died in,i hope that in Prison the other inmates show no Justice

  • Douglas - 2012-04-24 07:18

    this couple should receive the Death Sentence,its Very Manly to Beat a 2 month old to the Condition that Wade died in,i hope that in Prison the other inmates show no Justice

  • Clayton - 2012-04-24 07:48

    They both deserve to rot in prison and worse , that poor innocent child was denied the right to live and suffered in pain for days . words cant explain the anger i feel, just sickening .

  • Badger - 2012-04-24 07:55

    "That Poor, Poor Baby. 2 months old ????? :.-<........

  • Deanne - 2012-04-24 07:56

    I think this woman should be sterilised, and her partner dropped into a pit of hungry wolves.

      adelec2 - 2012-04-24 08:03

      Or a pot of boiling oil!

  • adelec2 - 2012-04-24 07:57

    People like this should not have children! Since when do you even give a 2 month old baby "a tap on the bum?" He doesnt even know the difference between right or wrong. May they be hunted by their conscience forever. God will be the Judge in this case.

  • Virginia - 2012-04-24 07:58

    For this tiny baby my heart bleeds. The abuse would have carried on though so maybe just as well he had such a short life. To both the parents - you deserve the exact same treatment as that beautiful little tot. Jail is just too good for you.

  • Mattewis - 2012-04-24 07:59

    This guy isn't worth arresting. Just inject him with the rabies virus and put him in a cage with a huge water feature!

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-24 08:06

    Oh my God I want to cry.. :-( That poor little angel must've been so scared. The only people he trusts and who should be taking care of him did the worst things possible to him!! He's in good hands now..

  • Michelle - 2012-04-24 08:12

    how many children have they had since this one was murdered?

  • Vienie - 2012-04-24 08:30

    Two month old baby..... little tap on the bum...When does a baby of that age need a tap on the bum!

  • Werner - 2012-04-24 08:33

    Hope they get payback in PRISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • monique.feilingrawjee - 2012-04-24 10:13

    hang hulle!!! siek mense... 2 month old baby??? why do you have kids if you have NO intention of giving them the love and care that they deserve? what could a 2 month old baby possibly do to deserve that his body gets beaten ad broken... Our justice system might fail little Wade - but God sees EVERYTHING... and you WILL pay for your deeds! sies. Little Wade, you were never made for this cruel world :( may God hold you tight...

  • Mandy - 2012-04-24 10:42

    What a horrible story. Just breaks my heart that poor, poor little baby. Hope they rot in hell horrible creatures

  • Frances - 2012-04-24 12:03

    'a little tap on the bum' to a 2-month old?! Why would you want to do that to a small baby? He doesn't know what he did wrong, these people are effin crazy!!! This baby's injuries were extensive, 'a little tap on the bum', please man! Marisa and Nolan, I hope you get locked up for life, doing these unspeakable things to your own child... And I hope that in jail, you will be reminded of what you did everyday, in the worst possible way!

  • JoeytheJanitor - 2012-04-24 13:09

    Sick people in this world. A defenceless baby! They should be shot. Both of them.

  • Olga - 2012-04-25 07:45

    how disgusting to hurt a 2 month old baby in this way if you dont want your child there are millions who do, I believe people like this should not only receive a jail sentence but be strelized so that they will never be able to abuse another child again... this is when I wish that the death penalty was still being carried out for sods like this.

  • limahtock - 2012-08-13 20:54

    Many years ago Marissa used to be one of my best friends. How people change? I have no good words to say, so I will say nothing, because there is nothing......

  • chrissie.campbell - 2012-08-14 06:57

    I get so angry when I read things like this. bring back the death penalty.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-06 05:15

    You are both brutal and sick to the core, had this been in certain parts of USA you would have already have been charged and had an appointment with the gallows.

  • Drinie Biggs - 2013-07-31 23:55

    How absolutely tragic! People should have a license to have babies, but that would not even help prevent this kind of child abuse in SA as so many people have false licenses in this country. Punish these two and they will just get away with that too, especially after 3years before being tried!!! There is no justice, that is all too plain for all to see. Disgusting so called mother and father, they deserve a slow death. sentence.

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