Toddler bound and gagged: Crèche owner, worker get bail

2014-04-26 14:19
Screen grab of video showing a toddler with her legs and arms bound at a crèche in Johannesburg. (The Daily Sun, via Facebook)

Screen grab of video showing a toddler with her legs and arms bound at a crèche in Johannesburg. (The Daily Sun, via Facebook)

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Johannesburg - The owner of a crèche in Rosettenville, where a toddler was bound and gagged, and her employee were granted bail by the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court, The Star reported on Saturday.

Labeeba Truter and Nomthandazo Majeke were granted bail of R3 000 each by Magistrate Paul du Plessis on Friday. The matter was postponed to 19 May.

Du Plessis reportedly warned the women that part of the bail conditions were that Truter could not run any business which involved caring for children and Majeke could not teach any children.

The women have been charged with assault and child abuse following a video of a 21-month-old toddler who was gagged and tied up, went viral.

The Petite Bumper Daycare came under the spotlight three weeks ago when the Daily Sun reported the story of the toddler tied up in a bathroom at the crèche, allegedly by Truter, so that she could watch television.

The child was recorded, allegedly by Majeke, and in the video she tries to free herself by moving around on the floor until she gets stuck between the toilet and the wall.

Truter told Daily Sun she was aware of the incident, but had not reported it to police.

She claimed she was not responsible for the abuse and she did not know it was child abuse.

- SAPA
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