'Baby L' abuser’s sentence just a ‘slap on the wrist’

A man was sentenced to 10-years in prison for abusing a toddler which left her in a vegetative state.

FILE: A man was sentenced to 10-years in prison for abusing a toddler which left her in a vegetative state. Picture: SAPS

JOHANNESBURG - Rights organisation, Women and Men Against Child Abuse, says a 10-year prison sentence handed down to the man convicted of abusing his girlfriend's baby is a slap on the wrist and he deserves a life sentence behind bars.

The two-year-old girl, known as ' Baby L', is in a vegetative state after she was assaulted by the man in December 2013.

He was sentenced by the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The organisation's Miranda Jordan-Friedmann says a 10-year prison term is simply inadequate for a man who robbed a toddler of her quality of life.

"The type of assault that she was subjected to is completely unforgivable with this man with this 10-year sentence."

In handing down his sentence on Tuesday, Judge Nico Coetzee said the 10-year jail term should serve as a warning to those that abuse children, that they can expect severe punishment.

'Baby L' sustained broken bones and significant injuries when she was abused.

Her mother also stood trial, but was acquitted on all charges.