Mom 'fit to stand trial' for baby's death
Her parents pledge to help her get better
THE woman accused of murdering her infant daughter was granted R2,000 bail in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Lesego Sello, 19, of Kagiso on the West Rand, appeared before magistrate Maria Malete for her bail application.
She has been charged with the murder of her one-year-old daughter Basetsana at her aunt's house on May 26.
Sello, who has spent the last two months at Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital, has been declared fit to stand trial by the hospital's psychiatrists. She has reportedly once attempted suicide.
Sello's parents, Abiah and Annah Sello, pledged to help their daughter get better.
Annah said she was not aware of her daughter's reported substance abuse.
"I'd like her to be granted bail so that I can take her for counselling. I only found out about it (the attempted suicide) when the investigating officer informed us. I also do not know about her using drugs."
The court also heard from Annah how her daughter would be overcome by emotion and break down crying during her jail visits.
"She asked for the child's photos and I could tell that she was very hurt. She would cry when I spoke to her," she said.
Sello declined the services of an interpreter. When asked by magistrate Malete if she confirm the contents of her statement, she replied: "Yeah ... OK, yes."
Sergeant Frans Mosome, who appeared on behalf of the investigating officer Sergeant Samuel Petlele, testified that Sello had initially fed her daughter tablets.
"I do not have the docket with me but if my memory serves me well, the applicant before this court gave the deceased tablets and when that did not work, she stabbed her," said Mosome.
The case was postponed to September 27 for the director of public prosecutions to decide whether to transfer it to the High Court.