Mom accused of stabbing her toddler sent for psychological assessment

2017-02-14 17:03
Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Magistrate's court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - A Khayelitsha mother accused of stabbing her 2-year-old son has been referred to a district surgeon to assess her mental status.

National Prosecuting Authority Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila confirmed the case had been rolled over to Wednesday after Neliswa Aaron made her first appearance in the Khayelitaha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was arrested for attempted murder on Monday morning, a week after the baby boy was stabbed at their home in Makhaza.

According to the police, the baby’s grandparents had heard him crying early that morning and had walked in on the stabbing.

They intervened and the woman fled the scene.

She was arrested in De Doorns.

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz said the toddler was recovering in hospital.

"The department's social workers have begun to work with the hospital’s team, to look into the further care of the child," he said.

"[The department] will also look to assess the suspect to ascertain if there had been any psycho-social factors that led to this incident, and to render any required counselling."

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