Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dad charged with murder in beating death of 10-month-old daughter (Kimberley, South Africa)


Father beats baby to death

Article By: Shamiela Fisher, EWN Wed, 29 May 2013 4:21 PM

A 22-year-old man will appear in the Kimberley Magistrate Court on Wednesday on charges of murder for allegedly assaulting his 10-month-old baby to death.

According to police, the man had been giving the baby girl juice on Saturday night and became annoyed when she did not want to drink.

He then allegedly hit the child on her head and kicked her.

The police's Sergio Kock said: "Prior to the incident the couple was engaged in an argument. The child was taken to the Kimberly Hospital where she passed on due to her injuries."

Meanwhile, South Africa is currently marking Child Protection Week.

Cape Town NGO Molo Songololo said even though great strides were made to protect children in South Africa more could be done.

The drive started on Monday with the theme this year entitled: 'Working Together to Protect Children.'

Since the beginning of the year there were many reports on sexual violence against children and more recently mothers dumping their newborn babies.

Earlier this month a newborn baby girl was found dumped in a bush in Delft.

A passerby found the little girl wrapped in a blanket near the Tsunami informal settlement.

In another incident, a newborn was found in a fridge in Johannesburg in April. The baby was found alive in a residential yard with its umbilical cord still attached.

Molo Songololo's Patrick Solomons said: "While the country has made great strides to ensure that we improve the care and protection of children this is not enough." "

Child protection must be a priority. There are far too many reported cases of child neglect, abuse and some very horrible cases of violence against children."