Gran held for killing 3-month-old baby

2012-04-18 13:32

Port Elizabeth - A 60-year-old Eastern Cape woman will appear in court on Wednesday for allegedly killing her 3-month-old granddaughter in Chafutweni village, Willowvale, police said on Wednesday.

The baby was strangled on Sunday after her mother and aunt left the house to fetch water, Captain Jackson Manatha said.

"It is alleged that the three women did not report the death of the child on the date in question and they slept with the corpse of the baby."

Police were notified on Monday and the three women were arrested. The mother and aunt were later released as they were not implicated.

Manatha said the grandmother was charged with murder.

"We hope that the truth will be revealed in court today [Wednesday]," Manatha said.

  • Squeegee - 2012-04-18 13:50

    Eastern Cape and Limpopo. What is it with these people and child rape and murder?

      Ashley - 2012-04-18 14:11

      Sick to my stomach. This is disgusting, this is the 6th time i have read about a killing of an innocent child the past 2 weeks. WTF.....

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-18 14:20

      Maybe it is because of the grant? Anyhoo, sick, sick, sick to my stomach. . .

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-18 14:38

      Those 2 locations still live in the stone age.

  • Foc - 2012-04-18 13:50

    Good grief !! Was this a 'grant baby'?? Once they registered for a grant the payments will carry on and if the baby is no more they have R280-00 per month more for all other pleasures of life .... People we have a sick society .... sad to say ....

      Susan - 2012-04-18 17:41

      Foc you hit the nail on the head..

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  • elnetteh - 2012-04-18 14:04

    to begin with any person that kills a innocent baby is heartless and cruel....i think the mother and aunt has something to do with this killing y would the mother not report this and go sleep without attending to her baby...sickening!!!!!

  • David - 2012-04-18 14:04

    What happened to Grand parents spoiling kids? Now they are killing them. Shocking

  • Murechen - 2012-04-18 14:06

    I dont understand why the other two women didnt got to the police immeidately.

  • Jozi - 2012-04-18 14:12

    Sounds like darker forces were at work without the moms knowledge.

  • Rainbow - 2012-04-18 14:17

    I cant help wondering if the mother or aunt are the culprits and the grandmother offered to take the blame as any doting mother and grandmother would do. They had plenty of time to fabricate a story.

  • Pamela - 2012-04-18 14:18

    but why did they not report it asap (mother and aunt?) Some fishy ish rite there

  • Melinda - 2012-04-18 14:20

    how sick must you be by killing your grandchild, and even worst how sick must the mother be for sleep with the babies corps WTF

      Sibongile - 2012-04-18 15:03

      I suspect they were drunk

  • thugmuffin13 - 2012-04-18 14:20

    I don't think anyone has any right to judge the mother of this child... Imagine the heart ache and betrayal you must feel when you know your own mother has killed your child... Although most of us would report it immediately, everyone handles death and tragedy differently! She was mourning the loss of her child! Give the woman a break.. May this innocent little girl rest in peace. This country is so screwed up

      Charnelle - 2012-05-30 19:04

      No the mother is innocent!! Seriously??? What kind of LA-LA land are you from?

  • Wendy - 2012-04-18 14:24

    I guessed it was the Eastern Cape...and I was right. Lord!!

  • magadla2 - 2012-04-18 14:26

    Thi is disgursting!bayaphi bayaphi omakhulu ababethanda bazukulwana especial abentombi*kuyagwetywa*

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  • Vernon - 2012-04-18 15:20

    yes jz, this country is

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      Jacqueline - 2012-04-18 15:39

      Wow. Seriously. Heartless much??

  • Charnelle - 2012-05-30 19:01

    Makes me want to vomit!

      Charnelle - 2012-05-30 19:06

      And what makes this worst is that this isnt the first child to die at the hands of careless so called family members! Child Killers should die a slow painfull death!

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