Killer mom breaks down in court

2013-02-18 22:23

Pretoria - A woman convicted of murdering her baby boy broke down in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

She started sobbing when confronted with her seeming lack of concern for her baby's suffering.

Marissa Rudman told the court she accepted her conviction on a charge of murdering her 2-month-old baby son Wade, but insisted she had not seen any injuries on her child.

Judge Cynthia Pretorius found Rudman and her former boyfriend Nolan Schoeman guilty in August of murdering their son.

On Monday, Rudman admitted her son would probably still be alive if she had not removed him from the Pretoria West hospital, against medical advice, about a week before his death.

She said she had removed him because she was not satisfied with the treatment, and not because she wanted to hide his broken ribs and arms from the medical staff.

Wade died of head injuries four days after being admitted to the Steve Biko Hospital, in Pretoria, in April 2009.

According to medical evidence, parts of his brain had died and he was in a coma when he was admitted to the hospital.

His brain injuries had been caused by direct, blunt force trauma.

Wade had two broken forearms and 22 broken ribs, which were more than a week old and had already started to heal.

He also had a severe lung contusion caused by a direct, hard blow to the chest, and bruises and abrasions on his face, chest and the soles of his feet.

A 9-year-old boy testified that he had seen Schoeman punching the baby's head.

Two medical doctors testified that the baby's injuries would immediately have been clearly visible.

Asked why she should not go to prison, Rudman said it had not been her intent to have her child harmed by Schoeman.

She conceded that she had been negligent, but reiterated that she had not seen Schoeman hitting the baby, and had not seen any visible injuries.


Asked how she felt about her baby's death, Rudman said she felt "much more than remorse".

"I hate myself. I live with this hate in me every single day that I didn't protect my child. That I didn't see it.

"I sometimes can't breathe at the thought of that. I don't know what's the problem with me that I didn't see it. That I allowed this to happen.

"... He was not supposed to die. I should have protected him. I feel like the worst mother on earth. I feel I did everything wrong.

"... I suffer from anxiety and depression. I realise I need help and that it's necessary," she said.

Rudman told the court about her difficult childhood years.

She was raised mainly by her grandparents, had hazy memories of her father and seldom saw her mother, who had bipolar depression and was in and out of mental institutions.

Her first child was adopted after she fell pregnant at the age of 18 and she had an abortion, before falling pregnant again.

She said her ex-husband and Schoeman had both assaulted her and she had at first moved in with Schoeman because she felt he could protect her against her ex-husband.

She admitted using drugs with Schoeman and assaulting him a few times, but said she had stopped her angry behaviour after being counselled for six months.

Rudman said she lived with Schoeman for two years after their arrest, despite her suspicions that he was responsible for the baby's death. She said she did so because she had nowhere else to go.

The trial continues.

  • lskosana3 - 2013-02-18 22:29

    These two devils still haven't been given their well-deserved life-sentences??

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-18 23:14

      Yes and if she hates herself so much she should kill for Shoeman I hope the boys in prison deal out the appropriate treatment, daily until he dies the same way that poor child did!!

      nokuthula.hlatshwayo.37 - 2013-02-19 03:16

      @Calvin did u notice u are stupid?

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-18 22:30

    Any mother that kills their own child is not fit to be called a "mother" She should also not try to justify her horrendous actions by taking drugs!! A feeble excuse!!

  • lizette.preiss - 2013-02-18 22:46

    Needs to be sterilized.

  • Buhle King Mphunga - 2013-02-18 22:51

    send he to Os car

      celine.t.joyce - 2013-02-19 04:12

      Why, why, why such bad spelling and grammar in every second comment... Why???

      marizelle.coetzee - 2013-02-19 07:57


      thembi.zondo.58 - 2013-03-06 13:43

      wow... Marizelle, you're very rude. Bet you your grammer is fantastic iether!

  • Dazza22 - 2013-02-18 22:55


  • Ntando Snr Qobi - 2013-02-18 23:06

    this couple is not fit enough to live in society, they should thrown in the cage of lions n see who'll come alive

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-02-19 06:19

      What on earth are you talking about Calvin?

  • vernon12345 - 2013-02-18 23:34

    Rot in hell

  • leon.young.9003 - 2013-02-19 00:55

    Death to both but break their ribs and arms first

  • jeffrey.mudau.5 - 2013-02-19 05:03

    This is unacceptable

  • chikomborero.dumba - 2013-02-19 05:53

    "I was raised by my grandmother....blah blah bla!" You're clutching at straws woman. You sleep with dogs, expect to wake up with fleas. Be a woman and face the music.

      digger.dighead - 2013-02-19 23:39

      Well put chikomborero......

  • Chris - 2013-02-19 06:03

    This is dreadfull .

  • anele.mveku - 2013-02-19 06:10

    She sounds like a troubled woman, I hate her type- blame how you were raised for staying with a cruel cruel man. This woman needs to serve a couple of years in prison just to learn a lesson. And she deserves it. shz evil too for letting her child suffer in her presence.

  • justin.b.whittaker - 2013-02-19 06:16

    death sentence plz.this is so sick

  • melanie.eggersglusz - 2013-02-19 06:33

    Think she should kill herself Cisco death penalty don't exist and she deserve it.

  • rudolph.stoltz.9 - 2013-02-19 06:33

    burn her alive !!!!!!

  • piet.pompies.12 - 2013-02-19 06:35

    The death penalty is needed for scum like these? 2 months old and already with broken ribs and arms. You are not a mother, you are the devils sister!

      cokiswa.mhlahlo - 2013-02-19 07:11

      heartless lying SHE DEVIL

  • Moi - 2013-02-19 06:44

    Sorry, there is no chance that she never saw any of those injuries on that tiny little body. You deserve to spend the rest of your life behind bars, you heartless, miserable waste of space.

  • mapepaki - 2013-02-19 06:51

    They obviously enjoyed hurting him, watching his little lip quiver when they came near him. There would have been so many families who would have given him a home and loved him, I would have loved to take him home. Rot in jail folks!

  • charne.coetzer.35 - 2013-02-19 06:56

    The circumstances of one past is NO excuse for treating an innocent little baby that way! Its too late to cry, too late to say you SHOULD HAVE! His heart stopped beating, he is gone. This woman deserves all the bad in the world for doing this to her own flesh and blood and for allowing her boyfriend(who deserves even worse) to hurt him like that! Rest in peace to that poor, tiny little soul, he didn't deserve this at all.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-02-19 06:58

    I wish to see the expression on their faces when their finger nails are slowly pulled out to avenge the little angel's suffering and death . Death to all child abusers and killers !

  • kalanepst - 2013-02-19 07:03

    Poor baby, he deserved to live.

  • babalwa.ntolosi - 2013-02-19 07:03

    Its too late to cry now...he's dead. Only 2months hay sisi u deserve to live the rest of ur life in prison shame!

  • hetty.oliver - 2013-02-19 07:17

    This mother and father of this poor helpless little baby, should NEVER be allowed to have children again, sterilisation should be part of the sentence. I have goose bumps just reading about this poor little boys injuries. If you don't want children or have NO motherly or Fatherly instincts then have yourself tied!!!!

  • caswell.mnisi.9 - 2013-02-19 07:18

    Just lock them up

  • gracemoremi - 2013-02-19 07:24

    Break their arms and legs, all fingers and toes and all their ribs. Let them be without medical assistance in a jail cell.

  • richard.barrett.739 - 2013-02-19 07:32

    i am not sorry for you , i hope you rot in jail, rip little one

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2013-02-19 07:32

    I am a grandmother and I konw every little mark that my precious grandson comes home with. That poor baby must have screamed in agony and yet she never checked to see what is wrong? I think not. Your tears are selfish tears because you don't want to pay the price for what you did! Both of you deserve the maximum punishment allowed!

  • samgaf - 2013-02-19 07:49

    There should be laws forbidding morons having kids!!!!

  • gantshe - 2013-02-19 07:56

    Calvin you are such an ass get a life

  • hanneliemaartens.weitsz - 2013-02-19 08:00

    I couldnt even finish reading the article. It is too disturbing. I cannot understand how a mother can hurt her baby like that. Its seriously unbelievable. How a mother cannot care...

  • Bradlee Llewellyn Duiker - 2013-02-19 08:02

    this is absolutely shocking.. while some of us dream about becoming parents, these people who have received such a blessing chose to put that innocent 2month old baby through such an excruciatingly painful experience.. sickening to just think about it..

  • Tanya Booysen - 2013-02-19 08:03

    If she can be remorseful now crying and feeling sorry for herself there is nothing wrong with her she must stand trail and the punishment should fit the crime .

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-19 08:13

    Too late for tears, F*@k off to jail.

  • tane.hoffman - 2013-02-19 08:16

    "I feel like the worst mother" - you are the worst kind of person, not worth being called a mother. May you rot in hell.

      gillian.louw2 - 2013-02-19 08:39

      I agree, that poor innocent baby, she should never have been aloud to even be a mother, may her and her trash boyfriend rot forever in hell!!!!!

      Rainy Goitsione - 2013-02-19 09:40

      Put dat women in jail

  • gwen.vokes - 2013-02-19 08:21

    i just want to cry !!!!!! just cry O Dear!!!

  • gwen.vokes - 2013-02-19 08:21

    I just want to sit down and Cry, Just Cry!! o dear

  • gr8girl786 - 2013-02-19 08:24

    i got no sympathy for this women at all..... sent her to JAIL !!!

  • Nokukhanya Ngcongo - 2013-02-19 08:27

    ths womans story is so sad,such misfortunes in her life! bt she has 2 serve sometime 4 the death of her baby sadly

  • Lebo T Nare - 2013-02-19 08:44

    Let Their days be few let another take their place may they be wandering beggars if given freedom, may they be driven from their ruined homes. May creditors seize all that they have; may strangers plunder the fruits of their labor. May no one extend kindness to her or take pity on her widowed Husband. #Rot in Jail

  • Chillepeppa - 2013-02-19 09:10

    They should be neutered and spayed...

  • Duits - 2013-02-19 09:37

    I would love 3 minutes with this cow! WTF!!! Bad upbringing and crap always gets thrown into the equasion, sterilise this thing and give the boyfriend the death sentence. If you had a bad upbringing then you try and better yourself no matter how or by what means. As for children, you gave away one and had an abortion with the other, rather get yourself sterilised because you are by no means fit to breed or bring up kids! What so heartsore about htis whole case is there are people that are dying to have babies and can't but rubbish like this can breed! Damn I'm furious!!!

      Duits - 2013-02-19 09:41

      Why the hell didn't the staff at the hospital bring in the Welfare on this case and for that matter call police to investigate? Typical, go through life with blinkers on because it's not your problem!

  • christy.beech - 2013-02-19 09:37

    This woman and her supposed ex boyfriend should rot in jail. No harm should comet o children or the elderly in our country, or any other country! they are ours to protect, to love and to keep healthy and safe. I have 4 children, busy life and yet i know my children backwards and would know the minute anything was wrong!

  • nicolelovelock - 2013-02-19 09:47

    good hate yourself you sick woman you must rot in jail for what you did

  • Tracey Luczyn - 2013-02-19 10:32

    What this little baby endured in 2 months is just too terrible for words!!!

  • Jeremy Waters - 2013-02-19 13:24

    May God have mercy on your soul,the little kid have peace,perfect peace.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2013-02-21 21:48

    Pleez, have these people sterilized, so that they stop breeding! They don't have the right to make their own decisions.

  • tracyjune - 2013-03-06 06:05

    You revolting, disgusting excuse for a human being. You are everything that is wrong with this world. If you gave even half a damn about your little boy, you would not be able to live with what you allowed to happen to him. You should welcome prison - you should insist on the death penalty for yourself. Rot in prison you pathetic loser. NO LENIENCY FOR CHILD ABUSERS AND MURDERS.

  • Susan Lennox - 2013-03-07 08:45

    Neither of them must ever be allowed to breed again....before jailing the white trash, they must both be sterilised

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