26 November 2020
Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE
JOHANNESBURG – 17-year-old mother and her 30-year-old boyfriend appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Wednesday on charges of rape and murder.
The pair were arrested after the teenage mother’s two-year-old baby succumbed to injuries sustained during an alleged rape in Diepkloof, Soweto.
The mother allegedly failed to report the incident for days and only did so after a medical practitioner, who had examined the child, alerted the police.
Police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says the child was taken to nearby Baragwanath Hospital for medical attention.
“During the preliminary investigation, police were able to establish that the mother of the deceased toddler had left her two-year-old daughter in the care of her boyfriend for about two hours. On her return, the boyfriend not around and the child was asleep,” said Peters.
The mother said, 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 raped and the doctor called the police.