Wandering toddler's mom in court

2014-12-08 21:56


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Johannesburg - A teenager convicted of attempted murder and child abandonment after her 16-month-old son was found wandering along the N1 appeared in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court on Monday, Gauteng traffic police said.

The case against the 19-year-old was postponed to 7 January, spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said.

The court did not receive a report on the teenager's mental state as expected.

In September, the court sent her for mental observation before sentencing. She was examined at the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, outside Krugersdorp.

The woman was arrested on the night of 5 April, two days after her son narrowly escaped being hit by a truck while walking along the N1 highway near the Grasmere off-ramp.

The 19-year-old was found guilty of attempted murder and child abandonment in July.

She pleaded guilty to both charges and is out on R500 bail.

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