#BabyX: Mother jailed for 20 years

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The Durban High Court has sentenced the Chatsworth mother of #BabyX to twenty years in prison on charges of assault, child abuse and murder.

The mother’s name will not be revealed in order to protect the identities of her three minor children.

The Chatsworth mom was found guilty on

  1. 1 count of ­assault GBH of her 11-year-old son, and child abuse of her then 8-year-old daughter.
  2. 3 counts of child abuse,
  3. failure to provide medical assistance & murder.

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

Justice for Baby X

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

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

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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