Cape Times

Father held for attempted murder of baby

- Chevon Booysen

A DELFT father has been arrested on charges of attempted murder after he allegedly choked and assaulted his 11-month-old baby before abandoning the infant along the R300 near Delft.

Western Cape Missing Persons Unit chairperso­n Candice Sobotker said an extensive search was conducted after the father “kidnapped” the child on Monday.

“We were informed of the child who was taken by his biological father on Monday. We went to report the case at Delft SAPS immediatel­y, but when we got there they did not want to take the case, and said the mother must go look at an address where the father could possibly be.

“On Tuesday morning, the mother was told the child was in Red Cross Hospital after he was found near a drain and looked as if he was choked. According to informatio­n, the father said he was going to kill the child when the mother confronted him about the child.”

She said they are infuriated by the lack of service from the Delft SAPS.

“The child was found with bruises on his body and was taken to Red Cross Children’s Hospital after being referred from Tygerberg Hospital.

“After the child was found, we went to the police station again and only then did they assisted in opening a case of attempted murder.

“This could have been avoided if something was done at the same time as the mother reported the matter,” she said.

“How do our kids know who to trust when they can’t even trust their own parents.

“This is so sad. The laws have changed so much – all in favour of the criminals. Where do we go from here?”

Approached for comment, police spokespers­on Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed that the case was currently being fully investigat­ed by the SAPS in Delft.

“According to our informatio­n, on January 15 a 33-yearold man assaulted a baby. Circumstan­ces surroundin­g this incident are still under investigat­ion.”

She said the suspect would appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court once charged.

‘Dad said he was going to kill the child when the mother confronted him’

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