Baby Daniel Case Postponed Again

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The sentencing procedures in the case of the mother of Baby Daniel and her boyfriend have been postponed. The toddler was abused and killed in 2016. The case will be heard again in court on April 1 to allow more time for the completion of pre-sentencing reports.

Maryke Cloete* was found guilty of child abuse and negligence in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg in December, while Timothy Naidoo* was convicted of the child’s murder.

Cloete’s lawyer, Mario Coetzee, told the court on Monday that they secured services of a social worker and that they completed forms for a probation officer and the Department of Correctional Services.

Cloete and Naidoo were on trial for the murder, abuse and neglect of the 3-year-old boy, who died in June 2016.

 

During the trial, the extent of Daniel’s injuries, were detailed. They included a broken elbow, broken femur, injured ribs and a second-degree burns to 60% of his body.

At the time, Naidoo claimed the boy had fallen into a bath of hot water and, although he seemed fine afterward, he was found dead the next day. Naidoo was not the child’s biological father.

But a forensic pathologist testified that the child’s injuries were inflicted while he was still alive.

Daniel was never taken to hospital for the burn injuries but had previously been to hospital several times.

In December, Judge Collin Matshitse noted that that Naidoo had taken the toddler to hospital in February 2016, claiming that he fell from a tree.

Matshitse said Naidoo could not explain why the child had bruises below his eye and injuries on his nipples.

During the trial, one witness testified that Cloete wanted to open an attempted murder case against Naidoo.

*Names have been changed.

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