Bashed baby remains critical



October 11, 2016
Bashed baby remains critical

BUST: Flying Squad member. CREDIT: File image

An infant who was allegedly slammed into a pavement by a cop might not recover.

A shocked court heard yesterday that the 10-month-old baby a police officer allegedly slammed against the ground is still in ICU and might not make it.

This came out during the bail application of the 36-year-old Constable attached to the Flying Squad Unit who is facing attempted murder, assault and contravention of a protection order charges after he allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and her baby last month.

The officer who cannot be named as per a court order was arrested last month after he allegedly bashed the baby’s head against the ground at her mother’s house at Fountainhead Estate in Blue Downs.

Yesterday the officer appeared calm at the Blue Downs Magistrates’ Court where State Prosecutor Nathan Adriaanse cross-examined him.

Adriaanse accused the officer of being obsessed with his ex, stalking her and “imagining their relationship”.

The woman had applied for an interdict against the accused, wherein she claimed to have been emotionally and physically abused by the officer who threatened to kill her.

Adriaanse read out the statement the woman made to cops the day she and her daughter were attacked.

“He entered the house and my sister ran to the bedroom with my daughter, I asked [accused] what he wanted and he slapped me twice across the face saying: ‘This thing [my daughter] is the reason you don’t want me, I’m going to kill it now’.”

Adriaanse says according to doctors, the 10-month-old suffered extensive skull fractures.

“At this stage the baby is still in the intensive care unit and we don’t know if she will make it,” he said.

The matter was postponed to October 20.

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