Couple arrested after 8-month-old boy allegedly beaten to death

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The home of baby Levy Isaacs.
The home of baby Levy Isaacs.
Supplied by Angus McKenzie
  • A mother and her husband have been arrested after an 8-month-old baby died on Friday.
  • The baby was allegedly beaten before being rushed to hospital.
  • The couple appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court and the case was postponed to January 2021.

A 31-year-old Cape Town mother and her 32-year-old husband have been arrested after an 8-month-old boy died in hospital after he was allegedly brutally beaten.

Baby Levy Isaacs was rushed to the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town on Friday.

The Bishop Lavis Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit (FCS) arrested the couple, from Bonteheuwel, immediately.

"Members attached to Bishop Lavis FCS arrested two persons, aged 32 and 31, on Friday," police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said.

On Monday, the couple appeared in the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court on a charge of murder.

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Bonteheuwel councillor Angus McKenzie, who visited the Isaacs' home, expressed his shock.

"That 8-month-old child by the name of Levy Isaacs was [allegedly] abused by the person that gave birth to [him], and by that person's husband", McKenzie said.

"I am heartbroken and I am devastated," he added. "This is not the people of Bonteheuwel, it's not the society we are aiming to be."

The couple will remain in custody and the case was postponed to 22 January 2021 for a formal bail application. 

Van Wyk said the State will oppose bail.

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The home of baby Levy Isaacs.

"I'm going to rally this community to ensure that these parents never ever get the dignity or the joy to see the light of day again," McKenzie added.

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