Mom: Pretoria day care abused my baby

2013-03-13 09:44
Linda Mans stands outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)

Linda Mans stands outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (Craig Nieuwenhuizen, Beeld)

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Pretoria - An emotional mother has testified in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court how her baby had purple bruises on her buttocks, lower back, arm and thighs after being “disciplined” at a day care centre.

This followed the arrest of Linda Mans, 37, from the Teddy Winks day care centre in Mountain View, reported Beeld.

The mother, who was not identified, said she received an SMS from Mans on 10 January 2011, stating that her baby’s buttocks were blue and that a helper had been fired.

“I read the SMS twice because I didn’t understand it. I called Mans. She said she had had an emergency and that the ‘help’ had assaulted my little one because she wouldn’t sleep,” said the mom.

She said she only saw her baby at the hospital.

“She was badly bruised…very badly,” the mom testified in a shaky voice.

The child had to be taken to a child psychologist as she was so traumatised and had become frightened of other people.

Mans pleaded not guilty to the charge of assaulting the baby girl as well as another charge of assaulting a baby boy only a month later.

The court heard that on the day of the first incident, she had to take her own mother to hospital and had left the children in the care of someone else.

The case continues.

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