Man deserved life for abusing Baby L - group

2015-01-20 16:10

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Johannesburg - A Pretoria North businessman sentenced to 10 years for abusing his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter deserved a life sentence, the WMACA said on Tuesday.

"That poor little girl is in a vegetative state in an institution. Her life has been taken away from her in the cruellest way," Women & Men Against Child Abuse director Miranda Friedmann said in a statement.

"She will never be a normal functioning person and has no chance of a normal or happy childhood. He deserves a life sentence for this."

Sentencing the 37-year-old divorced father of two children, Judge Nico Coetzee said this should serve as a warning to others who abused children that they could expect severe sentences.

Coetzee last week found the businessman guilty of child abuse, but acquitted him on charges of attempted murder and depriving the child, known as Baby L, of medical care.

Baby L's 20-year-old mother was acquitted on all of the charges.

The court found there was no evidence that she had abused her daughter or allowed her boyfriend to abuse Baby L.

Coetzee said it was probable that she had not even been aware of the abuse because she had left most of the child care to her boyfriend and was, according to her domestic worker, more interested in sleeping after working night shifts than in caring for her child.

Friedmann said the mother should also have been convicted for failing to protect her child.

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