A one-year-old baby brutally assaulted during an apparent robbery in Randburg was still in a serious condition in hospital, an official said.
Sandton Medi-Clinic spokeswoman Liezel Furlong said the baby girl’s condition was serious but would not give any further details.
“At this stage nothing has changed and the child is still in a serious condition,” she told Sapa by phone.
Police remain tight-lipped about their investigation into the attack at a house in Robin Hills, Randburg north of Johannesburg on Thursday, during which the baby and her care-giver were brutally attacked.
Colonel Eugene Opperman said he had spoken to the baby’s mother and the care-giver, but would not share any more information with the media.
“The investigation will go on. We have nothing more to tell you than what we have already given out,” he said.
Paramedics said the woman and baby were taken to hospital in critical conditions with serious head injuries.
“They were both transported to hospital in a critical condition,” ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson said.
The child minder was taken to Helen Joseph hospital with gashes to the forehead and behind her ear, reported The Star newspaper.
The baby’s mother — identified by Beeld newspaper as Madelein Kruger — arrived home from work at 1pm to find the baby unconscious and the care-giver beaten and tied up.
The Star reported a neighbour came out of her house to see the mother holding the child in her arms.
Blood was pouring from her nose and ears, Olga Rossouw told The Star.
When two security guards arrived on the scene, the baby had stopped breathing.
They drove the mother and baby to Sandton Medi-Clinic.