Robbers threaten to kill crying toddler

2013-02-21 09:57

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Durban - A young family has been left traumatised after being held up at gunpoint in their new home by armed men who threatened to shoot their hysterical 2-year-old son.

The couple had just moved into their home, which they built on the same property as the husband’s parents’ house in Isipingo Hills, reported the Daily News.

The husband, who did not want to be identified to protect his family, told how he, his pregnant wife and 2-year-old son were robbed by four very aggressive men.

“As my wife entered the bedroom, she began screaming. Seconds later, a man was in the bedroom pointing a gun at us. He was very aggressive and demanded to know where the safe was. He only asked for gold and cash. Downstairs, another robber was ransacking the lounge and kitchen.”


The man said that his son became hysterical when they pushed the family into a space between the bed and a cupboard.

“By this time, my son was hysterical and screaming. They pointed the gun at him and told my wife to shut him up. They kept telling him to shut his mouth. My wife placed her hand over the child’s mouth but that aggravated him even more. He was battling to breathe.”

The robber then became distracted by the man’s watch and gold chain and ripped them off.

At that stage, the man’s brother walked into the house and the robbers took his car keys, loading the family’s possessions into the car and speeding off.

The man said his wife and son had been traumatised by the attack.

They moved out of their new home and are living in a flat.

“We had just moved into the house. We are preparing for the arrival of our second child. I built on the same property as my parents, as protection for my family. But, it has been in vain. We will never go back. All of us are having sleepless nights.”

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