A 23-year-old suspect is in police custody for attempted murder and she will appear in the Umlazi Magistrates Court soon. It is alleged that the mother left her three-month-old baby girl with a babysitter to look after her while she went to work.
On the evening of 14 August 2019, she found her baby with a high temperature and crying uncontrollably. She made enquiries and discovered that the babysitter had allegedly assaulted and strangled the baby. She reported the incident to Umlazi police and a case of attempted murder was opened for investigation.
The victim was immediately taken to hospital for medical attention and the suspect was arrested. Parents are urged to hire people who are skilled and have experience in child-minding. They should not hire anybody who wants a job and a thorough background must be done to prevent similar incidents as well as other related criminal acts.