Boy, 5, found tied to bed; mom arrested

2012-01-19 22:30
Johannesburg - A mother was arrested on charges of child abuse after her 5-year-old son was found tied to a bed in their shack in Somerset West, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Neighbours heard the boy and his 2-year-old sister screaming from the shack in Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West on Wednesday afternoon, said Captain Frederick van Wyk.

The police were called and they found the children alone in the shack and the boy tied by the leg to the bed.

Van Wyk refused to tell News24 what material was used to tie the boy to the bed.

“Is that relevant? It will form part of the police’s investigation [into the matter],” he said.

The 28-year-old mother was expected to appear in the Somerset Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Van Wyk told News24 the children are now in a place of safety.

Childline’s Joan van Niekerk told News24 that parents who are at a loss as to what to do with their children when they go to work or shopping should contact the organisation for information.

Van Niekerk recalled the incident in which two young children died in a fire at a block of flats in Durban’s CBD on Friday January 13.

The children were left alone by their mother.

Childline's phone number is 0800 55 555.
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