The alleged rape of a three-year-old girl at the centre of a custody battle has sparked fresh conflict between the child’s parents.
The parents dragged each other to court last week after the father found out she had allegedly been raped.
The toddler was allegedly raped by a boy, 12, who is the son to the mother’s cousin in Luckau village, outside Groblersdal in Limpopo, earlier this month. A doctor who examined the girl during her weekly visit to her father in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, confirmed sexual abuse.
The toddler’s grandmother told Sowetan the child’s parents separated three months after the child was born.
This led to a custody battle and a magistrate ordering bi-weekly visits for both parents.
The parents involved cannot be named to protect the identity of the child.
“My granddaughter told me her vagina was painful and I checked her. I saw that it was reddish and I went to the police station. We visited a doctor thereafter who confirmed that there was sexual abuse,” the grandmother said.
The report, dated September 1, states: “The patient told her grandmother that the … boy … penetrated her vagina with his finger. The grandmother noticed a smelly vaginal discharge …
“”When the grandmother bathed her she noticed a red vagina. Vulva was swollen both sides. [There was] yellowish vaginal discharge.”
Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the girl’s grandmother took the child to Middelburg police station and the doctor later confirmed the rape.
The case was registered in Middelburg and was later transferred to Hlogotlou in Limpopo.
“The suspect has been placed under the custody of the [his] mother and will be processed from Monday [today].
“Probation officers have been involved and the suspect will be charged and brought before Children’s Court in [the] Nebo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday,” Mojapelo said.
The girl’s mother did not respond to calls and messages asking for comment. She, however, said in court documents that it was not true that her daughter lived in the same house as her alleged rapist.
“[My child] is only in the care of [my cousin] during the day as I am working, whereafter [my daughter] is collected and we go to my father’s house,” she said.
In an affidavit, the girl’s father said he was devastated: “I fail to understand why the child must go back where the perpetrators are staying. I feel the magistrate was unjust to my child …”