As South Africa enters the first week of its 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign (16 Days Campaign), a teen mom and her boyfriend are expected in court for an horrific crime…

The pair are accused of the rape and assault of the teen’s two-year-old daughter. The incident allegedly took place in Diepkloof, Soweto on 15 November this year.

According to a statement from the South African Police Services, “The child succumbed to injuries and was certified dead on 19 November 2020.”

The teen and her boyfriend were arrested by police on 24 November.

Police summoned by doctor at Baragwanath Hospital

On 16 November 2020, members of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) specialised unit were summoned by a medical practitioner from Baragwanath Hospital, alerting police of the rape of a two-year-old child who had been assaulted and brought in the previous night for medical attention.

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An urgent forensic investigation was embarked on and all relevant forensic evidence collected for processing by the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory.

It was only on the Tuesday, 17 November 2020 that the 17-year-old mother of the victim came to report the incident to the police. Nevertheless, this assisted police in obtaining vital information towards building a solid case in order to secure arrests.

According to the police statement, “Police have reason to believe that the deceased child may have suffered previous abuse at the hands of her step-father and this went unreported. This, is the basis of the arrest of the teenage mother who in this instance, only reported the incident to the police two days later.”

Child left in boyfriend’s care

“During the preliminary investigation, police were able to establish that on Sunday 15 November 2020, the mother of the deceased toddler had left her two-year-old daughter in the care of her boyfriend for about two hours,” said police.

“On her return around 20h30, she allegedly found the boyfriend not around but instead, the boyfriend’s father was home, and the child was asleep. She went to sleep not wanting to disturb the child.”

According to the complainant, she woke up in the middle of the night to check on the child only to find the child with serious injuries to her face. She took the child to nearby Baragwanath Hospital for medical attention. The outcome of the medical examination found that the child had been penetrated and that is when the doctor called the police.

Toddler died on 19 November

“Sadly, the child succumbed to injuries and was certified dead on Thursday 19 November 2020; and the initial case of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm was subsequently changed to murder,” said the Police statement.

“Investigations continue pending the outcome of the forensic analysis as police seek to build a watertight case that can stand in court and see justice served.”

This might not have been the first incident

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the police in Gauteng, Major General Patricia Rampota has welcomed the arrest and urged the investigating team to ensure that all bases are covered towards attaining justice for the two-year-old child.

SAPS remains committed to upholding the rights of victims of gender based and domestic violence and femicide, and to prioritise the investigation of all cases where women, children and other vulnerable persons are victims.

 

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