Mom charged in case of baby hit by brick; dad off hook

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE -

PER­JURY charges were yes­ter­day dropped against a fa­ther who claimed his baby was hit by a brick on New Year’s Eve – but the mother will go on trial later this month, Gaut­eng po­lice said.

Cap­tain Bhek­iz­izwe Mavundla said the charges against the 11-month-old’s fa­ther were dropped due to a lack of ev­i­dence, when he ap­peared along­side his wife in the Hill­brow Mag­is­trate’s Court.

“Po­lice will gather out­stand­ing ev­i­dence,” said Mavundla. The mother was for­mally charged in court on Fri­day for de­lib­er­ately pro­vid­ing false in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice.

The par­ents, aged 28 and 30, orig­i­nally claimed that the child was struck on the head by a brick while his mother stood with him on the bal­cony of a flat in Mil­li­cent Court, Hill­brow.

The mother told po­lice the fam­ily had at­tended a party in the build­ing, but dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion po­lice found the build­ing was locked and the res­i­dents of the flat in ques­tion asleep when the boy was struck. The case was post­poned for trial to Jan­uary 22. Yes­ter­day, mag­is­trate Her­man Visser told the mother that a war­rant of ar­rest would be is­sued if she failed to re­turn to court on this date.

Mavundla said it ap­peared that the child was hit while in the street by an heavy ob­ject, but a hospi­tal re­port would be is­sued shortly with more in­for­ma­tion.

The child re­mains in hospi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion. – Sapa

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