Baby Wade didn’t deserve death - Police
The police investigator who helped convict Baby Wade’s killer parents said she was relieved.
PRETORIA - The police investigator who helped convict killer parents Nolan Schoeman and Marissa Rudman on Monday said she was relieved with the positive outcome, three years after baby Wade's death.
The North Gauteng High Court on Monday found the pair guilty of the murder of their two-month-old son.
The baby boy died of critical head injuries in April 2009, a few days after being admitted to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.
He was admitted to another state hospital just a week earlier, but discharged by Rudman against medical advice.
Police investigator Yolanda Coetzer said she hoped the conviction would show that police took cases of violence against children seriously.
She described the case as heartbreaking.
"He was a small baby who didn't deserve to have the death penalty."
Judge Cynthia Pretorius found that Schoeman punched baby Wade in the head and that the child's mother, Rudman, covered up the abuse.
Evidence showed that as well as the head injury, the boy had two broken arms and nearly two dozen broken ribs.
The pair will be sentenced later this year.