Parents in court after baby's death

2013-05-31 12:15

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Johannesburg - A young man and his girlfriend have appeared in the Vanderbijlpark district court on a charge of child abuse, following the death of their 10-month-old boy in August last year, Beeld reported on Friday.

Ashley Anne Jordaan, 20, and Trevor Viljoen, 20, were not asked to plead on Thursday.

Ethan Viljoen died on 2 August in his parents' home in Palmhof.

During the baby's post-mortem examination, he was found to have had serious injuries, pointing to the fact that he was probably violently assaulted before he died, Beeld reported.

According to police spokesperson Kinnie Steyn, Ethan had two injuries on his head, both about 60mm in length, and old injuries on his right arm.

Charges

After a thorough investigation, the National Prosecuting Authority decided to charge Jordaan and Viljoen with child abuse.

They were both arrested last week and appeared in the local magistrate's court, where the case was moved to the district court.

Both were granted bail of R3 000, but only Viljoen could afford it and Jordaan remains in custody.

According to Beeld, the couple's first baby, also a boy, was only a week old when he died, and at the time it was thought to be a cot death.

The two accused will appear in court again on 6 June.

Steyn said the autopsy had determined Ethan's cause of death to be a genetic heart defect.

"However, the couple face charges of child abuse from the baby's birth right up until the day of his death, because of the injuries he sustained during that time."

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