KZN couple arrested for child abuse

2012-02-29 18:23

Durban - A Durban couple has been arrested for allegedly physically abusing their six-year-old daughter, police said on Wednesday.

"They were arrested on Monday when they went to visit their daughter in Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital," Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

The 6-year-old child was allegedly raped in a school toilet in Durban on February 14.

When she was admitted to hospital police noticed that she had scars and bruises on her face and body.

"She claimed that her injuries were the result of her stepmother scratching her with her long fingernails and assaulting her," Mdunge said.

The girl's 28-year-old father and 27-year-old stepmother had been charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

They were expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Mdunge said the rape was still under investigation.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-29 18:25

    What a dreadful shame!!! Poor girl, only 6 and had to endure so much!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-01 16:13

      She will be scarred for life... at that age impression is permanent.

  • Ben - 2012-02-29 18:31

    With my limited vocabulary I am unable to describe my disgust for this type of crime. They should not be called human beings.

  • Liz - 2012-02-29 18:33

    How sad! Teachers and neighbours who probably see the child every day seem to have said nothing. Well done to the cop who asked the all important question ... "what are those scratches and marks on your face and body?"

  • Frikkie - 2012-02-29 18:53

    What is going on in our world !!

  • Lynda - 2012-02-29 18:53

    Makes me feel sick......hope they throw you both inside for ever, but the damage to the little girl can never be healed and that is the tragedy

  • Rebecca Ramlall - 2012-02-29 19:34

    it hurts to knw what young children go through

  • Belinda - 2012-02-29 19:55

    does no one care anymore?

  • Mantsho - 2012-02-29 20:14

    l hope they take that kid away from this animals, child abuse is the most painfull thing because you cannot defend yourself.

      Michelle - 2012-03-16 10:06

      @Mantsho Do not compare this "scum of the earth" to animals. Animals do not do this to their young.

  • John - 2012-02-29 22:16

    What a life this poor kid has been subjected to.

  • Henri James Christie - 2012-03-01 07:17

    Please, if someone from our judiciary system cares, put these useless parents behind bars. Preferably forever.... after sterilising them!!!!

  • wbswanepoel - 2012-03-01 08:27

    And then society expects this little 6 year old to have a "happy normal functioning life" - she is scarred for life - we need to protect these little ones. Police should introduce some kind of an incentive or get one person per road to lookout for everyone - but then again how will we make sure this is fair and done properly without intimidation. Once thing about white people is they are not easily intimidated - black people etc on the other hand tend to do what is fine for them and not the whole picture - call me what you like but this is a free country and this is my opinion....

  • IZAAN.STEENKAMP - 2012-03-02 10:00

    OMW !!!!!!!!!! I am so sick of reading things like this it s killing me inside come on she is still a baby how can you do that you sick scum. I will break you’re your fingers one by one and dad his not that name worthy at all I’ve got a feeling that the dad raped his 6 year old daughter. I hope I m wrong

  • Missyleeh - 2012-03-16 10:24

    there are some sick people outside here

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