Troskie baby might be exhumed after surrogate mum demands inquest

2016-09-22 16:57
Tereza Troskie-Herbst, a former Mrs South Africa, shows the pictures of Jayden Ben taken shortly before his death.  (Mlungisi Louw, Netwerk24)

Tereza Troskie-Herbst, a former Mrs South Africa, shows the pictures of Jayden Ben taken shortly before his death. (Mlungisi Louw, Netwerk24)

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Bloemfontein – A Free State magistrate will decide whether the body of a 6-day-old baby should be exhumed after an inquest into his death was opened more than a month after his sudden passing. 

Jayden Ben, the infant son of Mrs South Africa 1999 Tereza Troskie-Herbst, 47, and her husband Bennie, 36, died suddenly last month after his parents noticed blood in his nose after he had milk, Netwerk24 reported. 

He was rushed to the Bloemfontein Mediclinic where staff tried for an hour to save his life.

Jeanne-Marie Coetzer, Jayden Ben's surrogate mother, requested the inquest earlier this month when no autopsy was done. 

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Annelie Wrensch said Coetzer wanted to know why no autopsy was done even though blood was found in the baby's nose and lungs. 

"The complainant's statement shows enough grounds to justify an inquest," Wrensch said.

She said the police will now have to investigate the child's death to determine whether a crime had been committed or not.

Allegations 'unfortunate'

Once the investigating officer receives a report from the hospital a completed inquest will be sent to a senior prosecutor before a magistrate makes a ruling.

"The magistrate will decide what needs to be done and whether the baby should be exhumed," Wrensch said.

Troskie-Herbst said they were surprised at the request for an inquest.

"They claim negligence, but against who?

"We loved Jayden so much and still do. These allegations are unfortunate. She [Coetzer] wasn't here. She doesn't know what happened," Troskie-Herbst said.

"We also have many questions and we also want answers. There is so much blame."

Troskie-Herbst said she regretted not insisting on an autopsy herself. But she couldn't find it in her heart to have her child's little body cut open.

Coetzer's lawyer, Yolandie Hewetson, did not want to comment because they have an exclusive deal with Huisgenoot and are not allowed to speak to other media. 

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