Mom jailed for poisoning baby

2011-10-12 10:08
Pretoria - A woman was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Pretoria Regional Court after she poisoned her 3-month-old baby with pesticide, according to a report on Wednesday.

Nita Shipalana, 21, was given 15 years, five of which were suspended, on Tuesday after she entered into a plea bargain with the State, Beeld reported.

Shipalana, from the upmarket Cornwall Hill suburb, east of Pretoria, put "two step", an agricultural chemical pesticide, into her daughter's porridge after she refused to drink poisoned milk.

Three-month-old Morongwa's parents took her to the Unitas Hospital in Centurion, Pretoria, after she started vomiting and struggled to breathe.

The father allegedly said they should hold off going to the hospital "to wait for the poison to start working". Neither of the parents told doctors the child had been poisoned.

Cold-blooded

"That could perhaps have saved the child's life. This was a pre-planned and cold blooded murder on a defenceless child," prosecutor Kas Sami-Kistnan told Beeld.

Shipalana admitted guilt after her two older brothers saw the pesticide in the infant's porridge. They forced her into a car, sitting on either side of her, and drove to the local police station.

She was allegedly angry after her mother told her to take time off from her studies to care for the baby.

The father would be tried on a later date. Shipalana would testify for the State as part of her plea bargain.

In sentencing, the court took into account that Nita Shipalana was a first-time offender and suffered from borderline personality disorder, Beeld reported.

Read more on:    child abuse

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
71 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?

Motorcycle deaths are on track to decline for a second year in the US thanks to a so far - on bikes - little-used road safety accessory.

 

Stay safe

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?
Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is crucial to look twice before signing anything important right now. While Mercury is in retrograde strange things can happen,...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.