Sun, 16 Jun 2019

The Women & Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) said they were hoping for a guilty verdict in the judgment of the Baby Daniel murder trial taking place on Tuesday.

"We expect to see a guilty verdict and we definitely won't be satisfied with anything less than a life sentence for both of the accused. His mother and her boyfriend are equally guilty of the torture and abuse that led to his death," WMACA founding director Miranda Jordan said.

The judgment is expected in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg again where Timothy Naidoo and Maryke Cloete are standing trial for the murder, abuse and neglect of Baby Daniel, who died in June 2016.

List of injuries

During this trial, testimony was heard about alleged torture the toddler was exposed to over a period of time.

The list of injuries to his tiny body included a broken elbow, broken femur, injured ribs and a 60% body surface area, partial to full thickness burns.

The court previously heard that the Child Protection Unit visited the little boy's family twice and found no evidence of abuse.

Naidoo says Daniel fell into a bath of hot water and although he seemed fine afterwards, he was found dead the next day.

Daniel was never taken to hospital for the burn injuries, but prior to this he had been to hospital several times.

Before his death, Daniel had been in hospital a number of times for various injuries.

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