An 11-month-baby boy died after he fell from a bed in Ventersburg. Police are now investigating child abuse allegations.
THE BABY WAS ONLY TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL THE DAY AFTER HE FELL
According to police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng, the baby boy sustained serious injuries.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the baby fell from the bed on 20 May 2022 BUT was only taken to the hospital on 21 May 2022.
“We can confirm that a member of the public reported an alleged murder of a child at a house in Wilson Street Ventersburg who fell from the bed and sustained serious injuries on his head.
“There is also an allegation of abuse of the child by parents. The child was taken to Bongani hospital for medical attention, and he was transferred to Universitas hospital in Bloemfontein. The child was declared dead on 27 May 2022.”
THE BABY DIED IN THE HOSPITAL ON FRIDAY
Thakeng said after police learned of the abuse allegations, the Station Commander of Ventersburg, Captain Odendal, instantly registered a case of Inquest.
“Nobody has been arrested yet, but we are currently obtaining warning statements of the parents as well as the guardian.”
The post-mortem will be conducted soon, and the investigation continues.
“We are making an appeal to residents of Ventersburg if they experience any alleged abuse against anyone. The local police must be informed immediately so that the wheels of justice can begin to roll.”
DO YOU KNOW OF A CHILD BEING ABUSED?
South African Police Service
In a case of domestic violence or sexual assault, the South African Police Service will help you find medical attention, shelter and victim counselling.
The SAPS emergency number is 10111.
People Opposed to Woman Abuse (Powa)
Powa provides counselling, over the phone and in person, and provide temporary shelter. They also provide legal help to women who have experienced violence.
Tel: 011 642 4345
E-mail: [email protected]
Childline South Africa
Childline South Africa helps abused children and their families with a free counselling service. The non-profit organisation deals with physical and sexual abuse, substance abuse, behavioural problems and trafficking as well as gives legal advice.
Toll-free helpline: 0800 055 555
Child Welfare South Africa
Child Welfare South Africa focuses on child protection, child care and family development. You can also report neglect and child abuse.
Tel: 074 080 8315
TEARS Foundation provides access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.
Free SMS helpline: *134*7355#
Tel: 010 590 5920