This according to president of Child Welfare Chatsworth, Logan Naidoo.
Naidoo said Child Welfare Chatsworth had received an anonymous phone call regarding the welfare of Baby Jamie, Rising Sun Chatsworth reports.
“We followed up on the call and found no sign of injury and upon interviewing the child and grandmother there was no indication of neglect.”
According to Naidoo, the Durban and District Child Welfare had placed Jamie Faith Naidoo under the foster care of her grandmother, Salatchee Venilla Basanich.
“We handed over the case for supervision. During the months of January and July 2014, there were regular visits by social workers,” he said.
Naidoo added that the child was sent to a district surgeon for a check-up in February while the last supervision visit took place on 3 November, where Jamie and her grandmother came to the office for an interview.
“There was still no indication of abuse or neglect,” he said.
This despite reports of Baby Jamie having had various visible injuries on her body.
The injuries reportedly included cigarette burns all over her face and body, fingernails and toenails which seemed to have been yanked out, a torn ear as well as a dislocated knee.
The toddler’s mother and grandmother appeared yesterday in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s court where it was heard that the child had also been sexually assaulted.
It is unclear by whom.
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During the accused’s court appearance, protesters gathered outside the court, demanding that the women be denied bail.
The protestors also made their way to the Chatsworth Child Welfare offices.
According to Naidoo, protestors forced open a gate and entered the premises before screaming at and assaulting staff.
“Two of the staff members were grabbed by their collars and threatened with death. Two other staff members were choked”
Naidoo added that cases of assault and damage to property would be opened.
Meanwhile, Glodina Pillay, a relative taking care of Jamie’s remaining siblings, said the two accused were a disgrace to their family.
“They need to face the full wrath of the law. They should pay with their own lives for the life that they took.” she said.
– Caxton News Service