Ugandan child minder pleads guilty to baby torture charges

Jolly Tumuhirwe asked the court, the parents and Ugandans to forgive her.

A screen grab from the video that showed Jolly Tumuhiirwe torturing an 18-month-old girl. Picture: Youtube.

JOHANNESBURG -Jolly Tumuhirwe, the Ugandan child minder who was exposed beating and kicking a toddler in video that has gone viral on social media, has pleaded guilty to charges of torture and now faces up to 15 years in prison for the crime.

According to the BBC News, Tumuhirwe asked the court, the parents and Ugandans to forgive her.

It was reported that the 22-year-old, who was not represented by a lawyer in court, is facing up to 15 years in prison or a fine of about R4,586 or both.

According to the British news site, the toddler's father broke down in court when Tumuhirwe said she was sorry.

The video of Tumuhirwe beating the toddler emerged a number of weeks ago, after the child's father decided to check security cameras upon discovering bruises on her body.

Prior to her court appearance, Tumuhirwe had released a statement revealing the reasons behind her actions towards the child.

She claimed that her father, who was on his death bed, was haunting her that her employers were not sympathetic to her situation.

She said her actions were encouraged by what she had witnessed the mother of the child do to her.

Tumuhirwe also claimed in the statement that the child's father had assaulted her and that he had been charged by the police. She also sought for public forgiveness in the statement.