Alleged killer dad 'hated' baby

2013-06-07 09:42

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Pretoria - A Pretoria court has heard how the son of wealthy parents “hated” his baby and took his 19-year-old girlfriend to buy poison to kill the child.

The poison was mixed with 3-month-old Morongwa Shipalana’s porridge and, despite a 13 hour fight to stay alive, Morongwa died, reported Beeld.

The baby’s father, Kabelo Mathapo, denied murdering the baby but the child’s mother, Nita Shipalana, admitted guilt in a plea bargain agreement with the State and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The couple lived with their respective parents in the upmarket Cornwall Hill estate east of Pretoria.

The court heard that Mathapo “hated” his baby and felt she had robbed him and Shipalana of their youth.

An aunt, Sandile Mbawu, testified about how she saw black grains in the baby’s porridge.
“I wondered if this was how baby porridge looked these days. Nita gave Morongwa about three spoonfuls. The baby didn’t want it. I took the baby. She then started throwing up,” testified Mbawu.

Mbawu later searched Shipalana’s room and found a container with the black grains.

The court case continues.

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