Pair to be sentenced for abusing baby

2012-01-27 09:34

Johannesburg - A man and woman found guilty of assaulting their baby in 2003 will be sentenced by the Johannesburg Regional Court on Friday.

Bradley Connor and Malinda Marshall, both 26, were found guilty last year of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Both are out on bail.

Their child, Michael, who was three months old at the time of the assault, died a blind quadriplegic at the Avril Elizabeth Home on October 16 last year.

A medical professional said he appeared to have been throttled and that this had caused haemorrhaging and blindness.

In October 2003, Michael was admitted to hospital with injuries which raised concern that he had been abused. A social worker looked into the case, but recommended that he be returned to his parents.

The next month he was again admitted to hospital. He was bruised, blind and brain damaged.

His mother initially claimed that his father had abused him, but later said she alone was responsible for his injuries.

The baby was placed in the care of the Ikhaya Tini Vorster home, where he remained until 2007.

In 2005, Marshall was convicted of assaulting the child, while Connor received a suspended sentence, under a plea bargain. He admitted not feeding the baby and not getting him medical treatment.

However, in a new trial which started in 2009, they were both charged with attempted murder, although the charge was later commuted to assault GBH.

Marshall has since married and has three more children, all below the age of 8.

  • John - 2012-01-27 09:42

    The only sentence these scumbags deserve is to be placed in the custody of parents who love their children. They will not be in custody long and it will definitely not be pleasant.

      Bardy - 2012-01-27 09:53

      Give them to me! I will throttle them till they are f%$king blind and brain damaged! How can one mistreat your own child like this? That poor child did not ask to be in this world!!!! May your Maker be mercyfull with you 2!

      Jou - 2012-01-27 09:58

      She went on to have a further three kids. Her new husband must be as classy as she is.

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2012-01-27 10:08

      These bastards should rot in hell!! Kill them!!

      RSole - 2012-01-27 10:22

      Send them down to Paulsmore. I'm sure the 26's, 7 and 8's will give them the special attention they so rightly deserve.

      TJ - 2012-01-27 12:14

      I have a beautiful foster son who spent the first 6 years of his life being cut with knives, beaten until the blood poured, hit with a shambuk under his feet, made to dig in bins for food, made to sleep outside in the cold, etc. His 'incubator' even tried to push him into a fire. When he came to me as a place of safety, he didn't even know what to do with a crayon as he had been taught nothing in his most informative years. All he knew was abuse and hardship. He has now been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome so it is another burden he has to carry for the rest of his life. I love this child so much and he sees me as his mother. I still can't imagine how he has overcome so much and yet remains the beautiful person he is. I also can't fathom how this woman who carried him in her womb for 9 months, gave birth to him and who should have lost her heart to him, could have done to him what she and her various boyfriends did. No one who can do to their own flesh and blood deserves the honourable title of 'Parent'.

  • Silver - 2012-01-27 09:43

    This is unacceptable. Why are these people allowed to breed!?!? More was expected of you and this is what you deliver?!?!? You are a disgrace! May you both burn in hell for what you have done!

      ubhejane - 2012-01-27 09:50

      I'm sick having read this. Sick sick sick! Why do these people have kids??????

      TBlogger - 2012-01-27 09:51

      you couldnt have said it any better Piet!

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-01-27 10:06

      why does anyone have kids when so MANY children are suffering and dying without proper parental care?

      Godfrey - 2012-01-27 10:51

      These people are vermin and should be disposed of as vermin.

  • Siso - 2012-01-27 09:52

    This is horrible, how can both parents abused their child. The child they bring into this world, this is just insane. They derseve to die just like that little one that suffered in their hands. Once again our justice failed us, this incident happened in 2003 and now its 2012. Why the long wait?????

  • dracolusus - 2012-01-27 09:52

    I say stone them...

  • Ayanda - 2012-01-27 09:55

    Child abuse gives me goose bumps

  • Natascha - 2012-01-27 09:55

    You kidding me. Married again with 3 kids. Stup woman who married him. Both Marshall and Connor's as parents are rotten for neglecting to take care of their child and as for the social worker who recommended that baby be returned to his parents, should be fired. Horrible and disgusted to read this. I sincerely hope steps will be taken to protect the other 3 children. Rotten father and mother, hope they both die a horrible death

      Kate - 2012-01-27 10:01

      Err its the woman who is remarried - stupid guy that married her!And how on earth can anyone allow her to have more children - that is really frightening!I hope they get their just rewards for this dreadfull crime!

      Johan - 2012-01-27 10:18

      'Stup woman who married him' Marshall, the woman remarried and have three children.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-27 09:56

    This is heartbreaking and incomprehensable! These teo should NEVER be allowed back in to society! They should both be sterilised and their children removed!Please make strong examples of these two!!! Public stoning sounds about right! R.I.P. little one.

  • Jou - 2012-01-27 09:57

    Another clear example of how the South African justice system has failed the innocent people of this country again. Murder and mayhem is accepted and is as normal as sitting down to lunch.

  • arlene.hanns - 2012-01-27 09:58

    A social worker looked into the case, but recommended that he be returned to his parents???????

      MissGremlin - 2012-01-27 10:55

      I share your outrage.

  • Xoli - 2012-01-27 09:58

    You bring an innocent soul into this world only to abuse and humiliate him/her..why is this guy even married again, what are the possibilities that he wont do it again...

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  • Bryan - 2012-01-27 09:59

    Death Penalty!

  • Dee - 2012-01-27 10:00

    I have no words! The social worker should also be put behind bars. Or at least fired from her job. Poor baby...

  • linda.hanger - 2012-01-27 10:00

    and surely the social worker "who looked into the case" should also be investigated. It was her/his job to ensure the child was safe after suspicions were reported to him/her and he/she failed miserably. Is he/she still at working collecting a fine salary while this baby died having known only pain and suffering?

  • MissGremlin - 2012-01-27 10:01

    It is not in my nature to hate, but I will make an exception for these two. Add to that list, any other person guilty of child abuse of any kind. We have them, and all they ask of us is to love them. Apparently, that is just too f*cking difficult for some.

  • Sharon - 2012-01-27 10:01

    DEATH to these TWO....................NOW RIP lil one

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      Godfrey - 2012-01-27 10:54

      Yeah! Right. Unfortunately society needs to exact vengeance in this life as there is no hereafter, afterlife, heaven or hell. And full caps is also not going to make it true.

  • foxiloxi - 2012-01-27 10:06

    They will get off with a suspended sentence!! Gauranteed!

  • Greek - 2012-01-27 10:07


      Godfrey - 2012-01-27 10:56

      More full caps = more silliness. Life on Earth would be better if everyone thought people only got one chance at life.

  • blackjew69 - 2012-01-27 10:08

    I see a 9-14 years sentense, which means with good behaviour they be out in 6years. these are the instances i wish the Islamic sharia law or the chinese laws would be used!! Death sentence for Robbery, rape and murder> Nothing lesss!!!

  • Jacqui Fichardt Millin - 2012-01-27 10:09

    Parents like that must be sterilised. Prevent them from having more kidz.

  • Nasiefa - 2012-01-27 10:09

    SICK SICK SICK they should rot in jail!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mo - 2012-01-27 10:10

    Do the same to them as what they did to the child....

  • Chantal - 2012-01-27 10:10

    Sick, disgusting bastard bottom-feeders. May you never have peace or any happiness in your lives, and may the children you have now turn on you when you need them most. Burn in hell you #$%^*&%^$^%&^*!!!

  • rodfor1435 - 2012-01-27 10:14

    Kangaroo Court PPPLLLEEEAAASSEEE.........and as for the so-called Social Worker, I hope you are properly qualified to do what you are doing because you could have stopped this from happening again and again and again........

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-01-27 10:15

    I don't have words to describe my total disgust with these two. I pray that they receive very stiff penalties for their crime against the defenceless little child.

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      Donaker - 2012-01-27 10:27

      Castreren die lui!

  • sandi.scholtz - 2012-01-27 10:18

    Get those kids away from him immediately - he should have been castrated so that he could never ever have more kids....who does such a thing to a child...if they did not want him, they could have given him to somebody who would love and care for him....The law is not nearly severe enough for these people - they need the death penalty - think about it SA Government - the only way to stop terror on people in any form is to have the harshest punishment possible - and stick to it - do not allow these types to get away with a small fine, or bail, or a few years behind bars...Both these people ( I cannot call them parents because parents do not do that to a child) should be on death row right now..... Time to get serious about this type of thing...SAY NO TO CHILD VIOLENCE...

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  • larisha.toffar - 2012-01-27 10:20

    the social worker should have taken the child the first time round and they should have ordered her to close her womb, there should be a law to things like that. it's so painful to read such stories who knows what these 3 children are going through??? remember she admitted to abusing her child.

  • Snoopsy - 2012-01-27 10:22

    The Social Worker needs to be sentenced as well, if had she/he done their job with passion, they would have realised that the child's life is in danger! The social worker could have saved this child, instead of condemning the Baby to cruel abuse and certain death. As for the parents, they should be sterilised, prohibited to ever have kids again.

  • Quintus - 2012-01-27 10:22

    Tears to my eyes

  • Margaux - 2012-01-27 10:28

    being a mom myself i get teary eyed just reading this! Humans are dreadful people - we harm others, animals and the earth! :( What animal must you be to do this to a child?

      Samantha - 2012-01-27 10:50

      I am teary too, this is too much for any loving parent to understand :(

  • inwardk - 2012-01-27 10:33

    We need the death sentence for these two people BUT the social worker should be lynched too - she had the power to take the baby out of his awful situation and she chose the easy way out - she should be named and shamed and prosecuted

  • Zifnab - 2012-01-27 10:42

    I'm too sick in the stomach to comment rationally on this. What is more trusting or defenseless than a baby? They have broken the ultimate trust and failed in the ultimate responsibility. They should be castrated so that neither can have a baby again.

  • Jane-francis - 2012-01-27 10:42

    Bring back the death penalty. Why should we pay for these disgusting, vile beings to sit in jail. YOu take a life, life takes yours. This is not a mistake, there is something seriously wrong with them and they will do it again. Anyone who can do that to a 3 month old defensless child is a danger to our society and should be removed.

  • Sandra - 2012-01-27 10:45

    Something is wrong with the system that he has since had three more children, all under 8. Who is monitoring the treatment of these children. This guy needs to be in prison, and lets see how he is treated by his fellow prisoners when they hear he killed his child.

  • Liz - 2012-01-27 10:57

    Sterlise them both!

  • ingrid.botha - 2012-01-27 10:57

    That social worker should be fired, she's just as responsible as the parents for that baby.

      Gwen Hedges - 2012-01-27 11:42

      The social worker in 2003 was a 'He' and he has been under fire! Ultimately the parents will have to stand before their maker one day!

  • ingrid.botha - 2012-01-27 10:59

    The parents should be sterilized - without anaesthetic!

  • Derek - 2012-01-27 11:04

    bring them to me....I have the right medicine for them...1 year of torture!!!!

  • Emile - 2012-01-27 11:33

    can someone please explain how they can be out on bail ?? this is MURDER!! Why did this case take so long, if she was locked up she wouldn't have been able to have more children! assaulting a 3month old BABY deserves the death penalty!!

  • malcolm.dale - 2012-01-27 11:37

    Can someone please explain why it has taken 9 years to finalise this case? Also note that the two accused were 17 at the time and could possibly please that they were juveniles. I do not for one moment condone what they have done and they should be punished severely for the cruelty and ultimate death of their child - but the State authorities in Social services need to be questioned and I believe to a large degree some blame has to be apportiuoned to them for releasing the poor child back to the parents.

      malcolm.dale - 2012-01-27 11:38

      "please" should read "plead"

  • Sarah - 2012-01-27 11:38

    Investigate also why the social worker failed this baby - were there follow-up visits? Are the other children safe? This woman is a piece of crap and needs to go to prison for the murder of her baby. I hope she never sleeps soundly ever again and that she hears her murdered child's screams for the rest of her pathetic life.

  • RiĆ«tte - 2012-01-27 12:08

    This is a very sad story, but what I find very disturbing as well is the fact that a social worker saw the child and recommended he be returned to his parents, don't think she did her job very well, did she... anyway, I hope that the "parents" gets a worthy punishment for what they did.

  • Terry - 2012-01-27 12:13

    please somebody remove those 3 children,before they also perish. what has become of parents,I had to get meds for my dogs today and the lady asked if I was the doggies Mother and I felt so proud. please lock them away forever

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