Men­tal eval­u­a­tion for baby killer mom

Sunday Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - NABEELAH SHAIKH

A MORN­ING­SIDE mother who al­legedly killed her seven-yearold son by suf­fo­cat­ing him at an umh­langa guest house this week, is to un­dergo men­tal as­sess­ment.

Me­gan Prins, 34, who is a project man­ager in the med­i­cal field, was re­manded in cus­tody at Westville Prison for the as­sess­ment to be con­ducted.

Prins al­legedly killed her son, Sloan, af­ter book­ing into the guest house, where she al­legedly gave him an over­dose of adult med­i­ca­tion be­fore suf­fo­cat­ing him.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lieu­tenant Colonel Thu­lani Zwane con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

He said the mother had at­tempted to take her own life by slit­ting her wrists af­ter her son’s death.

The owner of the umh­langa guest house, who did not want to be named, said her fam­ily had been left trau­ma­tised by the in­ci­dent be­cause they also lived on the prop­erty.

“She (Prins) booked into the guest house on Tues­day night and called me about a late check-out the next morn­ing,” the owner said.

“A few hours later she called again and was cry­ing when she asked me to come to her room.”she said Prins was cry­ing un­con­trol­lably when she tried to tell her (the owner) what had tran­spired. “I im­me­di­ately called po­lice and paramedics to the scene. I did not see any­thing fur­ther as they had taken full con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion.

“All her book­ing were there­after to po­lice.

“My chil­dren are trau­ma­tised by the in­ci­dent and we have to re­ceive trauma coun­selling.

“This was cre­den­tials handed our home and we are now mov­ing out of the prop­erty at the end of the month be­cause of the in­ci­dent,” said the owner.

An umh­langa po­lice source who can­not be named said they were baf­fled why the woman had killed her child.

“She was a sin­gle mother, she had a good job and was fi­nan­cially in ex­cel­lent stand­ing. No­body knows at this point

He said it was be­lieved that the child’s fa­ther would take care of the in­fant’s funeral ar­range­ments

Prins is ex­pected to ap­pear in court later this month.

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