Japie testified before the Western Cape High Court in the murder and child neglect case against the child’s mother, Abigail Ruiters and her boyfriend, Ameerudien Peters.
Jeremiah died on June 12, 2017, as a result of blunt force trauma to his spine, a cracked skull, broken ribs and bite marks all over his body, including his face and genitals.
Ruiters faces a child neglect case. Peters is charged with rape and murder.
Japie recalled bumping into Peters who was with Jeremiah at the local clinic. She was there to get medical care for her son. “I asked him what was wrong with the child. He said he would only tell the nurses. I immediately took the child from him... the child was not breathing.”