Durban High Court finds Baby X’s mother guilty

DURBAN: The High Court has found a Durban mother guilty of the abuse and murder of her three-year old daughter, known as Baby X.

The child’s official cause of death was “blunt force trauma following fatal child abuse”.

The trial revealed that Baby X and her two other siblings were victims of abuse at the hands of their mother and grandmother.

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However, when interviewed during the trial, it emerged that Baby X suffered the most abuse and was starved because ‘she was white’.

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The 34-year-old Chatsworth woman was found guilty in the Durban High Court of 16 charges, including murder, child abuse, assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and failing to provide medical care.

Baby X, who is not being named to protect the identities of her siblings who also suffered abuse, died in November, 2014 and her mother and grandmother were arrested shortly after.

The children were struck with a ruler, sjambok, spoon and open hand. They were also pinched, burnt with a cigarette and iron, forced to beg and ‘hustle’ and were sexually abused.

Baby X was declared dead by paramedics at her home in Imperial Drive in Havenside, on the morning of November 20, 2014.

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Sources: IOL