The father of an Alexandra toddler who suffered severe burns at a local creche is pleased the caregiver, accused of bathing the child in boiling water, has been charged with attempted murder.

Reneilwe Leso, 27, made a brief appearance in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, charged with attempted murder. Her head draped in a scarf, Leso told the court that her lawyer could not make it to court.

It’s alleged that a two-year-old boy suffered severe burns to his legs and buttocks after Leso bathed him in boiling water at an Alexandra creche in January.

Leso was initially charged with assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Outside court, the toddler’s father, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, told News24 that he was pleased Leso had been charged with attempted murder, but that it would not help heal his child.

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“The problem is that it [the attempted murder charge] won’t help my boy recover. He is much better now because he is walking again even though he is limping; at least he is walking. I just want it to be over, so she gets her punishment,” said the father.

The family said the creche had not contacted them and had not apologised for the incident.

Also in court was child protection organisation Woman and Men Against Child Abuse who came to support the family.

“As an organisation, we have always said that it is the responsibility of the Department of Social Development to ensure that all places where children are, are registered and monitored and are equipped to be taking care of children,” said the organisation’s Ngaa Murombedzi

“The accused has been charged with attempted murder. We feel, as an organisation, that it was a good move on the part of the state because the severity of the injuries on the child could have easily led to death and such an act being perpetrated by a caregiver is inexcusable.”

The case was postponed to 13 May.

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