Cops probe death at daycare

The body of a one-year-old boy was found floating in a daycare centre swimming pool.

The body of a one-year-old boy was found floating in a daycare centre swimming pool. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police are investigating the death of a toddler, who was found floating in a daycare centre pool near Parow, north of Cape Town.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the child for an hour on Wednesday morning to no avail.

The police's Andre Traut says, "An inquest docket has been registered following the death of a one-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool on Wednesday morning. The circumstances are being investigated."

At the same time police are appealing to the public for information after the body of a newborn baby was found dumped in Goodwood.

CHILD MURDERS IN SA

Last week authorities in Gauteng said a trend had emerged where more children were being murdered by their mothers.

Sexual Offences Unit Operational Head Brigadier Bafana Linda told _The Sunday Times _newspaper that the unit has secured almost 500 life sentence convictions relating to various types of attacks on children over the past financial year alone.

Added to this, a World Health Organisation study released in May states more than 1,000 child murders took place in South Africa in 2009.

Over a third of the victims were killed by an acquaintance and nearly 30 percent were murdered by their mothers.