Jeremiah’s sibling to be born behind bars soon

2017-08-25 16:38
Pastor Ronald Ruiters is hurt that his grandchild will be born in prison.

Pastor Ronald Ruiters is hurt that his grandchild will be born in prison. (Nomzamo Yuku)

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Abigail Ruiters (30), charged with child negligence and the murder of her 18-month-old baby in Factreton, is expected to give birth inside prison next month.

Her attorney has told the court she is due on Saturday 23 September.

This was revealed during her bail application at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 25 August.

Abigail is pregnant with her fourth child and is reportedly being kept in Pollsmoor’s hospital section.

She has been in custody since the death of her son Jeremiah Joshua Ruiters in June.

The toddler was allegedly raped and murdered by Abigail’s boyfriend, Ameeruddien Peters (26), when she left Jeremiah in his care. According to reports, he suffered injuries to his upper body and neck.

Peters faces charges of rape and murder.

State prosecutor Adrian Jansen opposed bail for her and her co-accused boyfriend.

The case has been postponed to Tuesday 10 October for the bail hearing.

During the court proceedings on Friday Abigail looked restless and could not stand still. The magistrate allowed her to sit while the case proceeded.

Jansen told People’s Post it was normal for a baby to be born inside the cells and an engagement between the social workers, Abigail and her family would take place once the baby is born to determine who gets custody.

Abigail’s father, Pastor Ronald Ruiters, says the family had hoped she would be out by the time she gave birth and they have not made any plans or discussed the future of the baby. He claims the state deliberately dragged the case out so that Abigail would give birth behind bars.


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