Abuse, accident claims surface after severely-injured baby dies at Cape Town clinic

2017-06-13 18:10


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – A stepfather of an 18-month-old boy who died from severe injuries apparently claimed the child had breathing difficulties and they fell on their way to the clinic, a community policing forum official said on Tuesday.

Kensington CPF secretary Cheslyn Steenberg said this was the version the stepdad gave them after the child was declared dead at the Factreton Clinic on Monday.

The stepfather, 26, brought the boy into the clinic with serious injuries to the head and body.

Police arrested him and took the child’s mother, 30, in for questioning.

"We are upholding the principle of innocent until proven guilty. But we condemn this incident to the highest degree," Steenberg told News24.

He was shocked upon hearing that there may have been long-term abuse.

It was understood that the mother was pregnant with their child, and also had two young girls.

The stepfather apparently took care of the children during the day while the mother was at work.

Steenberg said the girls were taken to a place of safety and would also be questioned. 

"We don’t know what really happened. It is a shock to the entire community."

At the same time, he believed someone must have known or seen something.

"If they know there is abuse, they must report it. The residents must have heard his cries. They could have done something but it was not enough. Why can’t we constantly hammer social workers and police to come out and see what is happening?"

Family and friends were being offered the relevant support.

Western Cape police had not yet responded to an enquiry on when the man was set to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court.

Read more on:    cape town  |  child abuse  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.