Baby Michael’s parents get 10 years

2012-07-13 10:40

Cape Town - The parents of Baby Michael, Bradley Connor and Malinda Marshall, were sentenced to 10 years behind bars on Friday.

In November last year, the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court Connor and Marshall were found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Baby Michael, who was 3 months old at the time of the assaults, died a blind quadriplegic at Avril Elizabeth Home on October 16 last year.

In October 2003, Michael was admitted to hospital with injuries which raised concern that he had been abused. A social worker looked into the case, but recommended that he be returned to his parents.

In November 2003, Michael was again admitted to hospital. He was bruised, blind, and brain damaged. His parents - aged 18 at the time - were questioned.

Initially Michael's mother claimed his father had abused him.

Later, she retracted this and claimed she alone was responsible for Michael's injuries.

The baby was placed in the care of the Ikhaya Tini Vorster home, where he remained until 2007.

More to follow.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-07-13 10:46

    10 years? are u for real? once again our judical system and goverment has failed....

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-13 10:53

      but think about it this way, its 10 years surrounded by people who i dont think will take what they did lightly...

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-13 11:10

      These calous, uncaring people should have been locked away for life for what they did to that poor child! Strange how 'justice' is defined and meted out in our country!

      Richard - 2012-07-13 11:13

      Hang them!!! or at least 25years... Disgusting.

      Hemlock - 2012-07-13 11:49

      I hope they both burn in hell for all eternity!

  • Ettiene - 2012-07-13 10:46

    These are sick sick sick people. They should be hanged!!!!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 14:55

      They should be used in LABS for testing of drugs and all sorts of stuff instead of animal. ALL PEDOFILES, RAPERS AND CHILDKILLERS should be used as LABRATS. They should die a long death, they should plead at the Porfessors to please stop their lives immediatly. Death sentence is much to quick for them to die. Think about how that poor baby suffered, he did not know why he was so tortured. 10 years is too short. I hope they get ripped apart by PAPPA and MAMMA in jail. Useless killers.

  • olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-07-13 10:47

    Really, you take a life and get 10 years. Nice living in SA. Where's life or the death penality. Nope, abuse and murder your child, wife, husband and that's your payment. Disgusting.

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-07-13 10:50

    Only 10 about 100

  • phillip.coetzee - 2012-07-13 10:51

    Not good enough, may they burn in hell.

  • koo.doyle - 2012-07-13 10:53

    10 years for murdering their child? Disgusting. Lock them up and throw away the key.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-07-13 10:53

    i hope they get what they did to their poor child, returned to them 100 fold over the next 10 years!

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-13 10:54

    They deserved a heavy sentence for taking an innocent child's life, what kind of parents does that to their own child.

  • liz.ceruti - 2012-07-13 10:54

    Michael the poor innocent child suffered the most unimaginable abuse by these two monsters. So many couples are childless, this is just so heartbreaking. No punishment is severe enough for these unspeakable excuses for human beings. unthinkable !

  • jana.kloppers.5 - 2012-07-13 10:55

    The social worker should also be punished for not doing his/her job!!!

      jacqueline.engelbrecht.54 - 2012-07-13 11:11

      I agree Jana. Should be in jail along side them!

      nicolette.gates.9 - 2012-07-13 11:47

      It is not fair to question the judgement of the social worker. These types of people are very good at hiding what lurks underneath when investigated by the authorities and in this case the social worker. Social workers cannot act on instinct alone, they have procedures and rules to follow. I do agree that what happened could have been prevented but blaming the social worker is in my opinion grabbing at straws. In that case we might as well throw little michael's grandparents in jail too, as they were the ones who raised michael's parents. The ones that are responsible for the deed, those are the ones that should be blamed and punished.

      dries.appelgryn - 2012-07-13 14:59

      @nicolette.You say that -These types of people are very good at hiding what lurks underneath when investigated by the authorities and in this case the social worker. This indicates that the social worker should have been very much alerted and digging deeper into the case, not so?

  • john.roodt.1 - 2012-07-13 11:02

    I understand the father blamed his drug habit for the abuse which the kid had to endure...................Terribly sad and yes perhaps a message that drug abuse is the start of many bad things further down the line.

      Happyness - 2012-07-13 11:43

      Yes drugs are so terrible and people still think it's cool. When are people going to learn?

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 14:58

      Hapiness, REAL people learn. IDIOTS never learn.

  • adrian.tyler - 2012-07-13 11:03

    Feed them to the pigs!!

  • sadiemy - 2012-07-13 11:03

    Social worker should be locked up with them.

  • candice.ridgway - 2012-07-13 11:05

    i thaught of this story when i put my child to bed last night...and tried to imagine how somebody could hurt something so defenseless and pure. These creatures should be wiped out..they dont deserve to exist in this world, no person with a heart could do this..they could of rather dropped the baby off on somebodys doorstep or given him to a random stranger even..pray i never ever get to be anywhere near these people, I can honestly say I will end up in jail myself but with a smile on my face

  • michelle.r.archer - 2012-07-13 11:05

    The "so-called mother" is pregnant again. Was mentioned in a previous article. The baby should be taken away from her at birth and she must be sterilized

      E=MC2 - 2012-07-13 11:27

      I’d vote for euthanized over sterilized

      Happyness - 2012-07-13 11:45

      They should take all her children away, the fathers too. How the courts still allowed the children to be with them who knows. Who would even WANT to date/ marry murderers like them anyway.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-13 14:18

      Surely,if you know you have no patience with a baby....and you are charged with the death of your child.....the normal thinking woman would take preventive measures to stop pregnancy..... We understand that there could be many reasons unknown to us...that could have been the cause of her abuse of Michael(she might have been abused herself as a child)not that I make an excuse for her....but I do not forgive her stupidity in falling pregnant again.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 15:03

      Just to think she will have the right to keep her new baby with her for 2 years. Hey, no man, please let the welfare organize an adoptive parents for that baby NOW already. She must not even be allowed to see the colour of the baby`s hair. NOTHING !!!

  • Clive - 2012-07-13 11:08

    Pathetic, they should have got life. So they will be out after five years or so, unless our generous president lets them out early to celebrate his next wedding.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 15:05

      JA, ZUMA ZUMA !! Idiots ! These 2 should be slaughtered and fed to the lions in the zoo.

  • shanaaz.abrahams - 2012-07-13 11:11

    People who harm an innocent child really need to be removed from society for much longer!!

  • badballie - 2012-07-13 11:16

    out in 3 with good behavior or a presidential pardon.

  • - 2012-07-13 11:26

    Is that what his life was worth??? 10 YEARS?? Spending tax payer money to keep them fed and comfortable for 10 YEARS??? I in now way condone violence, but for doing that to a child.. go and throw them down a mine shaft... bloody pigs!

  • Gillian - 2012-07-13 11:27

    10 years is not enough!

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 15:10

      Again we as South Africans should stand up and go have a protest in front of the Parlement or even Zuma`s house. We should now fight for Michael, so his parents get what they deserve. People in jail should torture them now. Rest in peace, little Angel. You are safe now. God gave you a chance in life, but your parents thought they could play GOD and they threw you straight back into God`s arms. They did not deserve you.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-07-13 11:28

    Maybe they too will get bashed about while in the clink, comeuppance for what they did to a defenseless baby.

  • Jo.Davies123 - 2012-07-13 11:30

    I still cannot read about poor Baby Michael without tears coming to my eyes. 10 years is too little, by anyones standards, but there is some consolment in the fact that they are being punished. I don't think this will be overlooked by fellow in-mates though.

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-07-13 11:30

    Lucky their TV liciences were up to date otherwise they would have got life!

  • komorison - 2012-07-13 11:33

    I cannot find within me the words to express the very, very sad feeling I have concerning the suffering of this innocent tiny tot :-((

  • paul.vanvuuren.927 - 2012-07-13 11:36

    they should to hang, this is a slap in the face

  • carolina.j.wallace - 2012-07-13 11:36

    the social worker that initially recommended that the child be returned to the parents in October should also be prosecuted.

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-07-13 11:37

    throw away that key. All child abusers should never be able to have children again.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 15:25

      Bibi,like I said earlier on, let them rather be LABRATS instead of innocent animals. They should be used to test drugs and medicines on, they do not have the right to live. Putting them in jail only gives them a chance to breath the air they STOLE of little Michael.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-13 11:38

    They were convicted for assault etc. but not for murder as this could not stick. Ten years is better than nothing.

  • purpl3moon - 2012-07-13 11:40

    10 years????!!!!!! seriously? WTF!!!!!!!!

  • Happyness - 2012-07-13 11:42

    Only ten years?! This is MURDER of a poor innocent child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How crappy is this justice system? Rapists get more time behind bars than parents that can beat their own children! I hope you get murdered in jail you sick disgusting excuses for human beings!

  • ellmari.wroe - 2012-07-13 11:45

    My son died a year ago - and these people have a child that they kill themselves!! How tragic for the poor little boy!! They don't deserve to live!

  • Gavin - 2012-07-13 11:48

    10,000 years in a lake of fire would be more appropriate. You hurt/kill a child, you are fertilizer as far as I'm concerned. People like this need to be removed from the gene pool asap.

  • Hemlock - 2012-07-13 11:48

    10 years ? Shocking! These creeps need to be locked up, never to see the light of day again. Bring back the death sentence and execute both of them! How can anyone be so barbaric. They are both pure evil. Bless you little Michael and RIP xxx

  • clairejk1 - 2012-07-13 11:54

    10 years??!!!!! That's shocking.How does the social worker even think of giving the child back?? Who can you trust?

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-07-13 11:57

    Good , much to short in my opinion, but what happened to the social worker that contributed to the child's mistreatment by sending her back to be brutalized further?

  • debbieew - 2012-07-13 12:00

    10 years - are you serious. Is that all a babies life is worth. They most like be out after three years anyway. This is totally unacceptable.

  • Herman - 2012-07-13 12:02

    Should have been 100 years, with no bail!

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-07-13 12:03

    They wont live the 10 years.....Pappa and Mamma waiting.....hope they castrate these vile bastards, not eevn animals will do that to their young...

  • verna.vwyk - 2012-07-13 12:06

    Well done for sending them to jail!! Only 10years for murder? What is our system coming to? Sad.

  • zibele.bala1 - 2012-07-13 12:10

    Only 10 years

  • paul.makhudu1 - 2012-07-13 12:19

    10 years for killing a child, life sentence for killing an adult!! what is the difference between the 2 killings? i love our judicial system!

  • briana.scott - 2012-07-13 12:24

    Really 10 years?!?! They should be punished appropriately - more like the rest of their lives in some kind of agony or other. that poor child spent each moment of his little life in their 'care'in either pain or terrified! They should spend each waking moment in the same torment they put little Micheal through. They were supposed to love and cherish him, instead they tortured and punished him for who knows what! what about the case worker that sent him home to those monsters? what ever happened there, were there any repercussions for the lazy careless job done, another person to have failed that poor child. I hope that person is nowhere in a position where they have a say over any child's well being. This is truly a travesty of justice. This monster is remarried with 3 more children, how was this allowed to happen! they are disgusting examples of our most disgusting humans. Shame on everybody who let them be sentenced so lightly. Anybody who can do that to any child, their own child is worse than any kind of monster!

  • joey.dempsey.9 - 2012-07-13 12:35

    I hope they beat the crap out of these parents in jail. You will suffer for killing an innocent baby.

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2012-07-13 12:51

    10 YEARS FOR TE MURDER OF A DEFENCELESS CHILD!!!!!!!!. I am outraged by this. Have our courts gone soft in the head or something, because they sure as s#it are getting soft on the criminals. What is happening to our Justice system??????? Where is the justice here???? These two individuals should be forced to undergo a full sterilisation without anaesthetic to ensure that they cannot ever breed yet another victim by any means later on in their miserable lives. Following the sterilisation, they should then be locked up in a maximum security prison for the remainder of their natural lives. Not even animals could be this cruel to their offspring. These things are inhuman and should be treated accordingly. Forget their so called human "rights", they have none. As for the Social worker, I hope this case haunts him / her for the rest of their lives as well. I also hope that these two things suffer ten fold for what they have done. RIP Baby Michael

  • godesha - 2012-07-13 12:58

    They should never see daylight again. Shocking!

  • byron.pienaar - 2012-07-13 13:02

    10 years? Is that what a democratic country is about? No law strong enough to protect the weak children? Mandela must be proud of how children are being protected

      ndeshimelanie - 2012-07-13 22:32

      What has Mr Mandela got to do with this? Show respect to elder people regardless of how u feel towards them. Mr Mandela should not be dragged into somethin this tragic. A child was abused by people that should have loved and protected him. The justice system gave out a sentence that they saw fit. Go ask them why!

  • Hermann - 2012-07-13 13:35

    Hell, 10 years for what they have done sounds like a long weekend with all expenses paid. I don't want to be negative on the Bench, but I do think life would have been an appropriate sentence, after all they took the life of a defenseless infant.

  • raul.matinhos - 2012-07-13 13:35

    they should get 100 years.

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-07-13 13:49

    They mst rote in jail bcouse they ar nt fit enough 2 live with human beings nd i feel tht ten yrs is nt fair thy need more than ten yrs.

  • nicolelovelock - 2012-07-13 14:09

    this makes me sick, where is Michael's justice? he spent his first few months in pain and fear then the rest of his life in darkness and silence, unable to move, to play, and fed with a tube directly in his stomach and these monsters get 10 f**king years? I just want to vomit. I hope the magistrate cannot sleep with the guilt of his decision on his shoulders. And may jail justice fall upon them and they suffer while doing thier time in ways that cannot be described. I just hope that baby she is carrying is taken away as soon as it is born and not used and a bargining tool to get her out of jail.

      amanda.roos.319 - 2012-07-13 15:15

      I agree, she should not even be allowed to see a curl of that baby`s hair.