Court packed for abused toddler case

2014-01-14 10:24


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Pretoria - The Pretoria North Magistrate's Court was packed on Tuesday ahead of the appearance of a couple accused of abusing a 2-year-old child.

Some members of the public wore black T-shirts and held pictures of a child on a bed, with drips.

The 20-year-old woman and her 33-year-old boyfriend were arrested after the toddler was admitted to hospital with broken ribs, a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a punctured pancreas and kidney, severe bruising and suspected brain damage.

They are expected to apply for bail.

According to the girl's father, a doctor said it was impossible she had sustained her injuries falling down the stairs, as the boyfriend had claimed.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said a doctor called the police after examining the child.

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