Court orders mental observation for mom accused of beating her baby to death

The 42-year-old woman appeared in the Tshaulu Periodical Court on Tuesday after being arrested in June and charged with murder.

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JOHANNESBURG - A Limpopo court has ordered a 42-year-old mother arrested for beating her 11-month-old baby to death be sent for mental observation.

The 42-year-old woman appeared in the Tshaulu Periodical Court on Tuesday after being arrested in June and charged with murder.

It's understood that the infant was rescued by community members after they heard him crying. The baby was rushed to a local clinic where he was declared dead on arrival.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said: “It is alleged that she locked herself and the baby inside the house and started beating the baby. The matter was postponed to August 21 for mental observation date.”

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