Child (3) electrocuted at Northdale home by live cable

2008-01-23 00:00

A three-year-old boy from Northdale was electrocuted on Monday when he apparently grabbed a live electrical cable lying on the ground at his house.

Inspector Joey Jeevan said the child had open wounds on his face and right hand when police viewed his body at Northdale Hospital.

Police established that the child was left in the care of his uncle while his parents were at work. The uncle was apparently inside the house and the child was playing with other children in the yard when the accident occurred.

Another child alerted the uncle and the child was immediately taken to hospital by private transport, but died before arriving at the hospital.

"Investigations at the scene have established that the cable had been previously used to feed electricity to another demolished dwelling on the same yard and several live wires were still lying unattended to on the ground," Jeevan said.

The boy’s father, Muzi Dlamini, told The Witness yesterday that the family have decided not to talk to the media about the tragedy. "These are very hard times for us. There’s nothing we’d like to share with the press at this stage," he said, holding back tears.

In 2005, a four-year-old child was electrocuted at the Akoos block of flats when she played with a live cable. The flats have since been demolished.

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