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