Mother throws five-year-old off N3 bridge after fight with father

2014-12-18 00:00

A WOMAN allegedly threw her five-year-old boy off the Cato Ridge Bridge over the N3 on Monday, all because of an ­argument with the boy’s father.

On Monday night at around 8.30 pm, a woman (30) stood on the Cato Ridge Bridge, holding on to her son, facing the speeding traffic coming into Pietermaritzburg from Durban.

She flung her son off the bridge just as an oncoming truck was barrelling towards them on the dual carriageway below.

A police source, who asked not be named, said there were no witnesses to the incident but said the woman confessed after she was apprehended. According to the source, the woman said she killed her son because of an argument with the father of the child.

The father had allegedly denied that the woman’s two children were his and had failed to provide financial support for them.

The woman picked up the child from the father’s premises with the intention to kill both children and herself. The boy suffered from a broken skull and neck.

According to the police source, members of the family who were not aware of the incident, saw threatening messages from the woman on the father’s phone.

Police spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane, said that the woman was arrested and will appear in court soon.

Child abuse has been rife lately with two incidents standing out in the media.

First the YouTube video that went ­viral on the Internet of the Ugandan nanny, Jolly Tumuhiirwe (22), who assaulted her employer’s toddler.

The nanny was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

And more recently, three year old ­Jamie Faith Naidoo was laid to rest in Chatsworth. Her mother and grandmother have been charged with murder.


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