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'Baby Daniel' justice - mother guilty of neglect, boyfriend guilty of murder

A mother was found guilty of child neglect and her boyfriend of murder after the gruesome death of 'Baby Daniel' who died after being beaten and scalded with boiling water in Johannesburg.
A mother was found guilty of child neglect and her boyfriend of murder after the gruesome death of 'Baby Daniel' who died after being beaten and scalded with boiling water in Johannesburg.
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The mother of "Baby Daniel" who was severely beaten and burnt with boiling water was found guilty of child neglect and her boyfriend found guilty of murder on Thursday.

South Gauteng High Court acting judge Collin Matshise said that the state had proven its case against the two.

The court found that the mother – who is not being identified in order to protect her other children – had contributed to the death of the three-year-old boy by keeping quiet while knowing that her boyfriend was abusing him.

The mother and her boyfriend, who is not the child’s father, were accused of murder, child abuse and neglect. The state alleged that the pair assaulted the three-year-old with a blunt object and then burnt him with hot water.

The child had numerous injuries, including broken bones, and had been to hospital before the incident to have various injuries treated.

According to the indictment, during the early hours of June 25 in 2016 the boy was found dead in his bed at home in Johannesburg.

"The deceased died of blunt-force injuries of the head and chest with 60% body surface area partial to full thickness burns‚" the indictment said.

The boyfriend claimed that the child had fallen into a bath of hot water.

This is a developing story and will be updated.


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