CAPE TOWN - A 36-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the murder of his girlfriend's 18-month-old baby who died in hospital after being brutally beaten.
Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said that on 9 September 2018, police were alerted by Worcester Hospital of an 18-month-old baby boy who had reportedly fallen from a bed at home and was declared brain dead.
Investigating officers, Sergeant Revah Readien and Constable Johan Saayman, visited Worcester Hospital where a preliminary investigation revealed that the baby had visible head injuries and was subsequently declared dead.
The matter was further investigated due to suspicions that the child may have been murdered.
"It was later found that the baby’s skull was cracked, his ribs were broken and he had bruises all over his face and body."