Boy's family knows hijack suspect - report

2014-07-22 10:20
Chantel Morris weeps as she recounts how her child was killed by hijackers. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Beeld)

Chantel Morris weeps as she recounts how her child was killed by hijackers. (Mary-Ann Palmer, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The family of 4-year-old Taegrin Morris, who was dragged to his death as his parents’ vehicle was being hijacked on Saturday evening, have identified one of the suspects, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

The family said they had often given the man food and clothes when he came begging at their door.

Taegrin’s mother, Chantel, took the little boy and his sister, Erin, 8, in their Golf to visit their grandmother in Reiger Park, a few kilometres away, at about 19:30 on Saturday night.

As she was putting her children into the car, Morris said a man appeared at the car door and told her to get away from the vehicle. Her daughter undid her seat belt and got behind her mother.

She tried telling the hijackers to take her car and cellphone but leave her children alone but as she tried pulling Taegrin out of the car, the robbers simply sped off with the boy dangling from the car door.

Taegrin’s aunt, Debbie Boards, whom they visited on Saturday, said she kissed the toddler goodbye minutes before he died.

The next day she went to the police after she and her daughter recognised one of the suspects and said that her mother had often given the “thug” food almost every evening.

Colonel Noxolo Kweza, a police spokesperson, would not comment on any arrests or suspects and only said a man had been taken in for questioning.

Angry Reiger Park community members have vowed that they will take the law into their own hands if police fail to address crime in the area.

An angry mob outside the local police station threatened to kill the man should he be released, The Star reported.

Taegrin’s mother says she is haunted by her last memory of him as he pleaded for her to help him.

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