1 Year Old beaten by robbers

A toddler, who was severely beaten in a house robbery in Robin Hills, was in a serious but stable condition at the Sandton Medi-Clinic, but further details regarding her injuries could not be disclosed. "Her condition has not changed....and we cannot even tell you if she is conscious or not," said Liezel Furlong, the clinic's spokesperson. "We also cannot say how long she will be in hospital." Furlong could only say that the little girl was in a serious but stable condition. The girl was beaten along with a helper at their Johannesburg home on Thursday. Mokonyane to visit family Earlier, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said she was devastated by the news of the attack. "She (the premier) has interacted with police and impressed on them that they need to prioritise it to ensure that those perpetrators are brought to book as soon as possible," her spokesman Dumisani Zulu said. Mokonyane had wanted to clear her diary and visit the family, but decided otherwise when it became evident that they needed privacy. "Let's allow them to deal with the trauma. Let's allow them to internalise and deal with this issue in a manner that suits them." The visit would be postponed to a later date, he said. Furlong, meanwhile, said the family was grateful for the messages of support they were receiving. "People have been phoning and the family do really appreciate it. They appreciate all the prayers and good wishes." Parents wants privacy Following a meeting with hospital staff, the girl's parents opted not to speak to the media as the girl received treatment for a head injury suffered during the attack. Furlong said the family also requested that flowers not be sent for the girl, as these were not allowed in the intensive care unit where she was being treated. Earlier, an official at Helen Joseph hospital, where helper Francina Sekhu was being cared for, said she was "okay" but, in line with health care privacy policies, would not further discuss Sekhu's condition. The toddler's mother, identified by Beeld as Madelein Kruger, ran outside her house shortly after arriving home at 1pm in the quiet suburb, carrying her injured baby and screaming. A neighbour said the child had blood coming out of her ears and nose. Sekhu was reportedly unconscious inside the house, tied up, and also injured. "They were both transported to hospital in a critical condition," ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said. They both had serious head injuries. Cops mum on details Police spokesperson Colonel Eugene Opperman said he had spoken to the baby's mother and the care-giver, but would not share any more information with the media. "The investigation will go on. We have nothing more to tell you than what we have already given out," he said. By Friday afternoon, to his knowledge nobody had been arrested or taken in for questioning. A laptop and modem were reportedly stolen. The attack had shocked the community of Robin Hills, declared a medium risk area by FIFA, said Linden Community Police Forum chairman Jadd Harding. The forum, which covers that area, had offered their assistance to the police and this would include victim support. "I've had a couple of phone calls from people who are shocked and want to know what is happening," said Harding. Sapa

Report ID: 298
Crime Category: Robbery
Province: Gauteng
Suburb: Robin Hills
Address: Robin Hills, Jo-Burg
Crime Date/Time: 22 Apr 2010, 00:04 AM
Reported By: Report A Crime
Reported Date: 24 Apr 2010, 06:04 AM
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  • Unknown 26 Apr 2010, 09:54 AM

    I am absolutely sickened that a human being can do this to a defenseless baby... My love and prayers go to the victims and their family! When is this going to end???

  • Unknown 25 Apr 2010, 02:23 AM

    This brought me to tears. This is so sick!How can people be so twisted? My prayers are with them.

  • Unknown 24 Apr 2010, 07:45 AM

    WHY i ask you WHY do this?????????

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