Baby Michael’s parents get 10 years

2012-07-13 10:40
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Cape Town - The parents of Baby Michael, Bradley Connor and Malinda Marshall, were sentenced to 10 years behind bars on Friday.

In November last year, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court Connor and Marshall were found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Baby Michael, who was 3 months old at the time of the assaults, died a blind quadriplegic at Avril Elizabeth Home on October 16 last year.

In October 2003, Michael was admitted to hospital with injuries which raised concern that he had been abused. A social worker looked into the case, but recommended that he be returned to his parents.

In November 2003, Michael was again admitted to hospital. He was bruised, blind, and brain damaged. His parents - aged 18 at the time - were questioned.

Initially Michael's mother claimed his father had abused him.

Later, she retracted this and claimed she alone was responsible for Michael's injuries.

The baby was placed in the care of the Ikhaya Tini Vorster home, where he remained until 2007.

More to follow.

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