Beaten toddler 'serious but stable'

2010-04-23 13:31

Johannesburg – The family of the toddler who was severely beaten along with her caregiver in their home in Robin Hills are grateful for the messages of support they are receiving, a hospital spokesperson says.

"People have been phoning and the family do really appreciate it. They appreciate all the prayers and good wishes," said Sandton Medi-Clinic spokesperson Liezel Furlong.

Following a meeting with hospital staff, the girl's parents have opted not to speak to the media as their little girl received treatment for a head injury suffered during the attack on Thursday.

Serious but stable

But they gave the hospital permission to say their child is in a serious but stable condition.

Furlong said the family also requested that flowers not be sent for the girl, as these were not allowed in the intensive care unit where she was being treated.

Earlier, an official at Helen Joseph hospital, where helper Francina Sekhu was being cared for, said she was "okay" but, in line with health care privacy policies, would not further discuss Sekhu's condition.

The toddler's mother, identified by Beeld as Madelein Kruger, ran outside her house shortly after arriving home at 13:00 in the quiet suburb, carrying her injured baby and screaming.

A neighbour said the child had blood coming out of her ears and nose.

Sekhu was reportedly unconscious inside the house, tied up, and also injured.

"They were both transported to hospital in a critical condition," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said. They both had serious head injuries.

Community shocked

Police spokesperson Colonel Eugene Opperman said he had spoken to the baby's mother and the caregiver, but would not share any more information with the media.

"The investigation will go on. We have nothing more to tell you than what we have already given out," he said.

By mid-morning on Friday, to his knowledge nobody had been arrested or taken in for questioning.

A laptop and modem were reportedly stolen.

The attack had shocked the community of Robin Hills, declared a medium risk area by FIFA, said Linden Community Police Forum chairperson Jadd Harding.

The forum, which covers that area, had offered their assistance to the police and this would include victim support.

"I've had a couple of phone calls from people who are shocked and want to know what is happening," said Harding.