Confessed killer mom probed for other deaths

2012-01-01 22:00

Johannesburg - A pregnant mother who confessed to murdering her 2-year-old son is also under investigation in connection with the death of at least two more of her children, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

"I can confirm we are looking at the deaths of two or more [of her children]," said Warrant Officer November Filander.

The woman, who is due to give birth to another child, confessed to the murder of 2-year-old Tariq Jacobs, after being arrested on Saturday.

Filander said on Sunday that police were now also looking into the circumstances around the previous death of two or more of her children.

Jacobs' body was found by members of the community in a shallow grave at Imperial Primary School in Beacon Valley on Saturday around 14:00.

He was last seen at the old bus terminus in Mitchells Plain on Thursday around 10:00.

An autopsy is being conducted to establish the cause of death.

The 36-year-old mother is expected to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of murder and abandonment.

  • Leon - 2012-01-01 22:08

    Is this for real????

      Carla - 2012-01-01 22:22

      She's sick and doesnt deserve to freedom. The best is just sterilize her. She may suffer from Munchhausen syndrome

      Bob - 2012-01-01 23:10

      M√ľnchausen syndrome by proxy does not normally mean killing the infant...!

      Max - 2012-01-02 05:29

      If it breads and kills like a mad animal then it is one, just kill it.

      Kate - 2012-01-02 08:01

      Name and shame this animal. She is not a mother.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-02 08:20

      How did she get away with the other murders? Surely someone must have suspected?

      Janice - 2012-01-02 10:21

      At "least" two others??????????????????????

      JuditVictor - 2012-01-02 11:49

      @ Squeegee.. my dear, because this is South Africa. We do not have the forensics that we see on TV, apparently they don't have a cold case system, and perhaps they just don't care at all. We read all of the time, how people know who killed their family members and virtually will lead the pollice the them and then suddenly the dockets are gone and it's over. I think in a country such as this, one should have the right to pay the police for a xerox copy of the docket pertaining to your case. No-one cares. It's third world. - 2012-01-03 13:38

      These are the ppl who are deserving of lethal injection.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-01 22:29

    And she is pregnant again!!! She is a vile woman.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-01 22:56

      Why have children to kill them, did the family not realise that this woman needed psychiatric help when her 2 children died - did they not decide to seek help knowing what she had done, the little boy would still be alive, if action had been taken in the first place. Now she is pregnant again, that bay should be given up for adoption the minute he/she is born. There are couples that cannot have children, who would find it a blessing to bring her baby up as their own.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-01 23:20

      Correction: meant to say that baby should.....

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-01 23:22

      Quoting from someone's post to the article on Facebook...quote"She reported Tauriq missing with the Pink Ladies Org and they, together with the community, really worked hard in searching for little Tauriq. Everyone worked around the clock, flyers were distributed and all along she knew he was dead. We all cried, cause as members of the PLT everyone networks, prays and Nana the Director walks many extra miles. She and the members do this voluntary and costs involved comes out of own pockets. Now she is about to deliver baby no 4 and the first two also died and the circumstances will now be investigated. This is just incomprehensible." unquote

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-01 22:35

    Savage!!!! Even animals protect their young!!! Savage! Savage! Savage!!

  • Clair Groenewald - 2012-01-01 22:39

    how can a mother do that 2 her kids. does she get a kick out of it. its sick

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-01 22:47

    Now people, l really need to ask you this quetion, is this FREEDOM we have in South Africa really good for us?if you ask me my answer is NO.we need Death Penalty in SA, people like this should be hanged!

  • Yvette Wiid - 2012-01-01 22:57

    Surely there is a place reserved for this woman in hell.

  • Neville - 2012-01-01 23:07

    She is not the Devils Sister but the DEVIL herself

  • Samantha Marks - 2012-01-01 23:09

    Firstly I want to say RIP little tariq God will take care of you. It breaks my heart to read stories like this. How can you not love a child escpecially your own. The mother who did this is sick n she makes me sick to the stomach. When will Goverment reliase that the death penalty will make ppl think twice to commit a crime like this why must our kids be killed? Please stop these killings of our children.and that bitch I hope you rot in hell you don't deserve to be called a mother and then yiu still have an unborn child shame on you

      Albert - 2012-01-02 08:01

      Samantha,this corrupt government will never kill it`s voters or struggle heroes.

  • MikeFraser - 2012-01-01 23:09

    The woman is obviously not well. No mother in her right mind would ever do this to her own children. The calls for retribution here is understandable given the circumstances. But lets also show some compassionate understanding, as difficult as it can be.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-01 23:24

      If the circumstance were different, I am sure the entire nation would of shown compassion for the little boy's mother. All I can say is the he deserved to live, and not killed by his own mother, who should of sort some help when she killed her previous 2 children. Is she going to continue falling pregnant only to kill them again and again and again.

  • victoria.potgieter1 - 2012-01-01 23:10

    i think its time that this country reconsiders its child protection laws - i dont think its harsh enough, and mothers are not held equally accountable like men. they just have kids left right and centre - being fit or unfit mentally and emotionally - after all the child killings and rapes and abuse we really need to consider the death penalty for crimes like this -

      Christopher Collings - 2012-01-02 00:02

      Agree with u 100% only idiots that have nothing better 2 do would give ur comment a thumbs down.

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      heather.moller1 - 2012-01-01 23:46

      Amen brother, amen

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-01 23:48

    And the thumbs down police who are against truth, are on the prowl

  • Mymoena Samuels Cassiem - 2012-01-01 23:52

    I say hang the bitch up by her nipples an stone her 2 death

  • Mymoena Samuels Cassiem - 2012-01-01 23:53

    I say hang the bitch up by her nipples an stone her 2 death

      eliza.james1 - 2012-01-03 12:43

      Good Lord. A comment like this coming from a supposedly Humane Being (no - not mispelt)

  • Siso - 2012-01-02 00:56

    What she needs right now is to be hanged high very high. Its so sad because we as parents suppose to love and protect our kids not to kill them. I think its time government looked into bringing death penalty back because things like this wont stop and people kill and blame it on insanity. She needs to have her womb taken out, she doesnt derserve to be a mother period!!!!!!!!

  • Grant - 2012-01-02 02:08

    Whilst very much in favour of the death penalty I'm sickened by some of the comments here "Hang her by the nipples and stone her to death". The woman is obviously sick mentaly and hanging her would do her and her family a favour. Difficult to understand how the family did not investigate when the other 2 kids died. I would have moved heaven and earth if one of my kids died to find out the cause. They would do the same if any of my grandchildren died.

      Wilbur - 2012-01-02 10:53

      Grant, fair enough but you are obviously unaware of the true situation in the Cape Flats. What family? Many families are broken, ravaged by drugs, divorce, gangsterism and affairs. Too many unwanted pregnancies, maintenance battles, paternity mysteries, teenage pregancies and abortions, sexual abuse, incest, kidnappings and of course, too many kids who are neglected, physically abused, sworn at, malnourished and deprived of basic education. Violence is the norm. So in this context it could be understood that when children go missing, people just sigh and give up. I agree with you, though, about the sick "hang by the nipples" comments. Again a reflection of our sad Cape Flats culture of violence.

  • Jonathan - 2012-01-02 02:20

    Sounds like a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

      Merlin Mc Donald - 2012-01-02 05:16

      I agree...I know there is no excuse for murdering a child, and the reality is ,the mother probably never was diagnosed to be mentally unstable and was not by the means to see a psychiatrist . There are many of these unfortunate and absolutely heartbreaking things happening as people are too poor to receive the proper medical care .

  • Bruce - 2012-01-02 02:40

    Where is the father of these children. Did his involvement end at conception?

      Dean Kenad - 2012-01-02 08:02

      More like '' WHERE ARE THE FATHERS'' of these children

      chubbycheeks - 2012-01-02 08:53

      Apparently and from what i heard (this is all hear-say) Tariq's father is her sisters husband? I'm with Dean on this one, the probably each have a different father - poor babys!! :(

  • Jamie - 2012-01-02 03:58

    Why wasnt' the deaths of her other children investigated when they occured? If they had been maybe Tariq would still be with us.

  • mushtaq.mahomed - 2012-01-02 05:16

    I totally agree with Perfume.

  • jacques.buckle - 2012-01-02 06:03

    Mabe she only uses them for the child grant?

  • Raymond - 2012-01-02 06:17

    a micrcosm of the society we live in. Surely this investigation should have taken place after the second murder.The third on could have been avoided.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-02 07:19

    Sterilize the bitch !!

  • Kate - 2012-01-02 07:59

    Take this fourth chld away and spare it's life please. This women has no place in society. If this is what she does to her own children, goodness knows what she can do to ours. She is a cold blooded murderer.

  • chubbycheeks - 2012-01-02 08:45

    Probably a Postpartum Psychosis case!! This woman is sick sick sick!!

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-02 13:57

      @Leonard lol, interesting read on Postpartum Psychosis cases I came across on the web.

  • Mary - 2012-01-02 09:08

    Why is she called 'Mom'in the caption? Apart from the fact that it's an irritating Americanism, 'Mom' or 'Mum' are endearments which she does not deserve. For the sake of brevity surely News24 editors are sufficiently resourceful to find another title for her? I could think of a few more suited!

  • Clutch - 2012-01-02 09:10

    Surely all the dead kids have a responsible father? Aren't the fathers worried that there is no child to give a Xmas present to?

      dawnkearsey5 - 2012-01-02 15:11

      What planet are you from Clutch ?

  • devona.adams - 2012-01-02 09:46

    I firmly believe her you-know-what should be stitched up with a rusty carpet needle and rusted barbed wire all dipped in itchy powder and acid. She is a sick excuse for a human being. And that last comment applies to all child rapists and killers!!!!!

  • Gail - 2012-01-02 09:53

    Every post on here is critical of this sick woman but not one has asked where the father of any of the children is/are? It takes 2 to make a baby and if this woman is destitute and unemployed the only way she can earn money is possibly through prostitution and then a child grant for each child. It would be interesting to know whether she is receiving child grants for the other missing children still but equally important in my opinion is WHO fathered the children? Where is he and why has he not raised the alarm before. Until we have these facts lets show some compassion towards this woman before we call for barbaric punishments like hanging her by her nipples or abandoning her on Seal Island. I would imagine that the child she is now carrying will be born in prison hospital and placed in foster care or adopted by someone who can't have children. What is also puzzling is how the Pink Ladies were so completely taken in by her. She is obviously seriously disturbed mentally.

      marieta.theron.dejongh - 2012-01-02 10:15

      most children from mothers with multi parners dont know their dads......those men should also be punished....because he should have been involved with the mother if she was good enough to have sex with......

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-02 14:06

      @Gail....someone commented yesterday that little Tauriq's father is her sister's husband, we don't the full truth behind this vicious circle, what we would like to know, is what led her to kill her children - did she suffer from some mental illness that went undetected, because no woman in her right mind would murder her kids over and over.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-02 14:13

      And to add to my comment Gail, call me inhumane I can't show this woman compassion whatsoever, someone in her family should of sought help when her previous kids had died, and not that she was stupid according to articles she is highly intelligent with a high IQ, and was a grade 4 teacher.

      Lesinda Sturgeon - 2012-01-02 14:29

      I don't feel sorry for her. There are thousands of single mothers (including me) who would never even consider harming their children.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-02 10:16

    Horrific!!!!! I hope they dont let her get off lightly for "insanity" Surely husband/boyfriend of people around her suspected something?

  • violet.bossut - 2012-01-02 10:34

    I actually feel for this woman could her family not see she was sick. I blame them for pushing things under the carpet why was she not handed over long ago.

  • Ingrid - 2012-01-02 10:48

    Why? Why? What did little Tauriq do to deserve this? My heart goes out to the family of litle Tauriq and to the community of Michells Plain. What makes a mother do something so cruel? What future does her unborn child have? She does not deserve to mother this child. Please God - save us from all this? Show us the way! How did she manage to kill 2 of her other children and get away with this? Ingrid Adams - Cape Town

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-02 13:05

      Happy New Year Ingrid - I think her family should be brought in for questioning, we would like to know how old were her other kids before she killed them, were they the same age as little Tauriq or younger, what possessed her to do something so wicked as take the life of her own children. Why did she not give them up for adoption. I read somewhere in an article last night, that she is a highly intelligent woman with a very high IQ, and that she is/was a grade 4 teacher. Given the fact that she is intelligent with a high IQ, what made her do something so vile!

  • Hilton Breda - 2012-01-02 11:54

    My offer still stands when I said that if they ever let her loose I will make sure that she will meet the devil and I'm sure you guys agree with me clearly these kids didn't deserve to die in that way this bitch is just sick and she will meet her maker aka the devil

  • Hilton Breda - 2012-01-02 11:57

    My offer still stands when I said that if they ever let her loose I will make sure that she will meet the devil and I'm sure you guys agree with me clearly these kids didn't deserve to die in that way this bitch is just sick and she will meet her maker aka the devil

  • Elsbeth - 2012-01-02 13:03

    Where is the father? Why do we not hear from him?

      violet.bossut - 2012-01-02 13:18

      Read somewhere that he is a well known soccer player. Did give his name though.

      Hilton Breda - 2012-01-02 13:45

      I was with the dad yesterday and trust me he didn't look good and it aint easy to bury your own child knowing that the mom took he's life I know the father he's way to soft to even kill an ant

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-02 16:53

      @Hilton...first of all strength to you all, must be difficult for the father and his family to have laid little Tauriq to rest, did the father not suspect that this woman might have some mental disorder.

  • Cli - 2012-01-02 13:18

    she must never have children,she should rot in jail

  • Ingrid - 2012-01-02 14:05

    So she murders him and also has the cheel to bury him - IN A SHALLOW GRAVE - at a primary school. Did she not think of the trauma involved should one of the kids there have discovered the body? This woman is a BEAST!!!! There is no excuse for her.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-02 14:19

      My next argument lol...according to the article he was last seen at an old bus terminus, who saw him sitting there, did anyone ask the little boy where his mother was. Why was he at the terminus, someone should of made an anonymous call to the police and alerted them. Too many questions, less answers.

  • Cathy-Ann - 2012-01-03 13:45

    Take away the child grant of R270 per month. Women are having children because of these grants, like we are all asking :what mother kills their own, even an animal protects!!!!Child no.3 and a fourth on the way!!!!NO NO NO NO!!!!

  • lyndie.kotzee - 2012-01-04 13:11

    Oooo please I see how people's condolences are going out to the family WTF!! do you want to tell me that after the 2nd child they didn't suspect anything... especially the people close to her.... you can see when someone neglects her child.... do you want to tell me the family was soooooooo blind!! please be realistic. 1st child - choked 2nd one drank something he "shouldnt".... shouldnt someone stepped in by that time and do something about this?? now after the 3rd child they started suspecting something..... nooooooooooo really!!!! and I can bet you they she will just land up in an institute... if they don't want to bring the death penalty back... don't accuse people for taking the law in their own hands....

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