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Police probe claim toddler in ICU at Dora Nginza Hospital had epileptic seizure

Jan 14, 2019
Police probe claim toddler in ICU at Dora Nginza Hospital had epileptic seizure

The 24-year-old mother of the two-year-old girl that was admitted to Dora Nginza Hospital, in Port Elizabeth, with serious wounds, was identified late on Friday afternoon.

"The mother, as well as the 22-year-old woman that took the girl to Motherwell Clinic, both resides in Wells Estate, Port Elizabeth," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"The mother allegedly left her two-year-old girl at her 22-year-old friend to go visit family."

It was also alleged that the two-year-old had an epileptic seizure and fell on her head, causing the serious injury.

"The 22-year-old friend apparently then dropped the little girl off at the clinic in shock to go and search for the mother," he described.

"The mother alledged that there was confusion about where her daughter was admitted but did manage to visit her child later that day."

Investigations still continuing to ascertain cause of toddler's wounds

However, Capt Beetge said that the attempted murder case that was opened is still being investigated by the Motherwell Cluster Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit and no arrests have been made.

"Investigators expressed that the allegations are being investigated and that all evidence are being gathered," he explained.

"The condition of the two-year-old girl remains critical at Dora Nginza Hospital and is still on life support systems."

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