Baby Daniel case ‘was sadistic torture’

A mother was found guilty of child neglect and her boyfriend murder after the gruesome death of "Baby Daniel" in Johannesburg. File photo.
A mother was found guilty of child neglect and her boyfriend murder after the gruesome death of "Baby Daniel" in Johannesburg. File photo.
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“Baffling” and “unclarifiable”.

That is how social worker Lizette Botes described the contrast in the description that a woman gave about her ex-boyfriend, who killed her three-year-old son, who has become known as Baby Daniel.

The mother previously described Naidoo as a “good father” who never hurt her or his own children. But during the trial and the pre-sentencing report on Tuesday, Botes read out her report, which painted a picture of Naidoo as an abuser who even allegedly forced Daniel to eat his own faeces.

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