Child rape: Lamoer slams 'sick society'

Police chief Arno Lamoer says parts of society are 'sick' with men who don't take responsibility.

Police chief Arno Lamoer says parts of society are 'sick' with men who don't take responsibility. Picture: sxc.hu

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says he's been left sickened by the rape of a four-month-old baby girl on a farm in Ceres at the weekend.

"There is a sick society out there; men who can't take responsibility. We need to ensure he is arrested."

Lamoer said the attacker took the baby out of her parents' bed.

A seven-year-old boy, who was also in the house at the time, was also sexually assaulted by the same perpetrator.

Lamoer said the infant remained in a stable condition at the Red Cross Children's Hospital where she has already undergone two operations.

Hospital spokesperson Lauren O'Connor-May said they were not sure how long she would need to stay in hospital for.

The Western Cape Department of Social Develepmont's Melany Khun said the department was deeply shocked by the incident.

"That anyone would think it is somehow okay to harm a four-month-old baby and to violate it in this gruesome manner is completely unacceptable."