Alex creche where toddler burned with boiling water still operating - Dept

Earlier this month, the Gauteng Social Development Department gave the early childhood development centre 10 days to stop operating. That deadline was on Monday.

While the family's medical bills continue to pile up, the mother had to quit her job to take care of her son at home on a full-time basis. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Social Development Department has confirmed that the Alexandra creche where a toddler was burned with boiling water was still operating despite not being registered.

Earlier this month, the department gave the early childhood development centre 10 days to stop operating. That deadline was on Monday.

The creche said that it was now challenging the decision.

Department spokesperson Feziwe Ndwayana: "The department hasn't charged the principal, however, the matter is part of a criminal investigation and the law will take its course in as far as each person's role in the incident. The parents of the toddler concerned have sought legal recourse against the principal and the practitioner responsible is being investigated."

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In January, the child soiled himself and it's believed that the teacher then used boiling water to clean him. The child sustained severe burns to his buttocks and legs and was still battling to walk.

The teacher accused of pouring boiling water on the two-year-old boy's legs will return to the Alexandra Magistrates Court next month, where she's facing an attempted murder charge.

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