LATEST UPDATE: Phoenix couple charged with attempted murder following toddler’s assault

A screenshot from the video, which is being shared across various social media platforms.

The charges of assault GBH levelled against a mother and her boyfriend for beating a four-year-old toddler, have been dropped and changed to attempted murder.

A video showing the shocking and disturbing abuse at the hands of her 25-year-old mother, while her boyfriend records the horrific incident, has gone viral on social media.

The child was initially taken to the Unit 10 clinic and then transferred to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital. She was then taken to Addington Hospital before finally being transferred to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital.

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The little girl suffered internal injuries, swollen arms and legs and a blood clot in her head. The mother and her boyfriend were arrested on Wednesday, February 2 and appeared in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, March 1.

The to were initially charged with assault GBH and granted bail of R3, 000 each. However, on Thursday, March 8, the bail was revoked and the charges changed to attempted murder. They are set to appear in court again on April 11.

Cpt Louise Naidoo, communications officer at Phoenix SAPS, said, “The case is being investigated by the Phoenix Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit. The incident was reported by the mother. She alleged that her boyfriend had assaulted her and the child. She alleges that he had struck the child with enough force to drive her back against a cupboard after the child had trampled his shoe. He then allegedly demanded that she continue the assault or he would kill her.”

Aroona Chetty, director at the Phoenix Child Welfare said, “The attack was vile and difficult to watch. The child is safe and we are looking for placement for her.”

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According to Chetty, the little girl has the support of the community as they have received many calls from concerned individuals both inside and out of Phoenix, who wish to assist her.

“These incidents are sadly not isolated as child abuse is rife in the Indian community. In most cases, children who are abused come from homes in which the parents are fighting alcohol or drug addiction,” she added.

Chetty concluded, “We find that parents also beat children out of frustration with their own problems. It is sad that these children are abused at the hands of those who are meant to protect them.”

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Avinash Singh

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