Foster father beats toddler breaking 32 bones

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The foster father of a 3-year-old boy has handed himself over to the Grassy Park SAPS on Monday for brutally beating the boy.

The incident which occurred in June resulted in 32 broken bones. The boy is lucky to have survived the attack.

The Daily Voice reported that the 31-year-old man handed himself over because of pressure from the community. Station commander Colonel Dawood Laing told the publication that when they received the docket, they searched the suspect’s home repeatedly and after he had disappeared, planned to release his picture to the public.

Members of the community who were angered by what he had done, then pressurised the accused to surrender. Station commander Laing said that the suspect had lied to healthcare workers when the boy was admitted to Red Cross Hospital in June. He said that he had fallen down a flight of stairs. Once examined, it was clear that the cause of the injuries was assault.

The little boy had extensive injuries which included multiple fractures, 32 broken bones and head injuries.

“First the doctors opened an enquiry and when the suspect became aware that they were looking into his story, he abandoned the boy at the hospital and went on the run,” said Laing.

Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) opened a child abuse docket and Grassy Park SAPS were asked to help find the man.

According to the Daily Voice report, the little boy is still in the hospital recovering from his injures.

The suspect will face a charge of attempted murder due to the severity of the injuries. He will make his first court appearance this week at the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court.

“This is another shocking case of child abuse in our community and I am calling on the community to come out and speak if they know of a child who is being abused or may be in danger,” Laing stated.