Woman ac­cused of tor­tur­ing grand­child dies in prison

Sunday Tribune - - HERALD - NABEELAH SHAIKH

A 55-YEAR-OLD Chatsworth grand­mother who al­legedly tor­tured, starved and beat a 3-year-old who be­came known as Baby X died in the Westville Prison on Tues­day.

The woman and her co-ac­cused daugh­ter, 35, faced judg­ment on Au­gust 20.

She died ap­par­ently after suf­fer­ing a short­ness of breath.

Her trial be­gan in 2015.

The grand­mother and her daugh­ter could not be named to pro­tect the iden­tity of Baby X’s sib­lings, who were also al­legedly as­saulted by the pair.

The two were ar­rested in 2014 after Baby X was found dead at their Chatsworth home.

Baby X’s three sib­lings had been State wit­nesses.

The mother, who also tes­ti­fied, blamed the grand­mother for the child’s death.

She told the court she feared her own mother, who she claimed had bul­lied and tor­tured the chil­dren.

The grand­mother had cho­sen not to tes­tify in her de­fence.

On var­i­ous so­cial me­dia plat­forms, many had no kind words about the grand­mother’s death, with some lash­ing out at the State, say­ing the case had dragged on for too long.

Chatsworth com­mu­nity leader Rocky Naidoo said the case had taken a long time, but it usu­ally took a while for the law to take its course.

“Now that the grand­mother has died, jus­tice might not have been served on her by the court, but jus­tice has been served by an Almighty God. Baby X will be at peace,” said Naidoo.

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