Mother of crit­i­cal girl, 2, lo­cated

The Herald (South Africa) - - News - Gareth Wil­son

The mother of the two-yearold girl in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion after ap­par­ently be­ing beaten and dumped at the Mother­well Clinic, has been lo­cated.

The alarm was raised on Fri­day af­ter­noon when po­lice ap­pealed for as­sis­tance in find­ing a woman who dumped the child at the Mother­well Clinic on Mon­day last week.

The orig­i­nal po­lice in­for­ma­tion was that the woman said the child’s name was “Mazi”, and then ran off.

Due to the sever­ity of the child’s head in­juries, the clinic trans­ferred her to Dora Nginza Hos­pi­tal and she is still on life sup­port.

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain An­dre Beetge said the mother, 24, had been found, with the friend who dropped the girl at the clinic, after an ex­ten­sive search.

The child lives in Wells Es­tate with her mother, who re­port­edly left the girl with a friend when she went out.

“The mother claims that the child was not in her care at the time of the in­ci­dent,” he said.

“The mother had al­legedly gone to visit her mother and had left the child with a friend nearby – a fam­ily friend who of­ten takes care of the girl.”

Beetge said it was ap­par­ently the mother’s friend who had taken the child to the clinic, and then left in a panic to find the mother.

“They both went back to the clinic and claim that they were then sent to Dora Nginza and Liv­ing­stone hos­pi­tals.

“It ap­pears that only the fol­low­ing day they found the child in the in­ten­sive care unit at Dora Nginza.”

Beetge said de­tec­tives were await­ing a med­i­cal re­port to con­firm whether the child suf­fered from epilepsy.

“The fam­ily claims the child had a fit while the mother was away, which prompted the friend to seek help.

“She then ran out of the clinic in a panic to alert the mother,” he said.

“It ap­pears that while the child was in hos­pi­tal, a so­cial worker saw the in­juries on the child and alerted the po­lice.

“At the time po­lice were alerted, it was un­known that the mother had in fact been to the hos­pi­tal to visit the child.”

Beetge said de­tec­tives were still con­sult­ing with the woman’s fam­ily and friends to rule out foul play.

Beetge said the case was very sen­si­tive at this point and that po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of at­tempted mur­der.

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