A two-year-old girl has reportedly been defiled while in a COVID-19 isolation Centre at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
The hospital had told the toddler’s mother that she needed to be admitted after showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Daily Mail reports that the victim’s mother was later contacted that the child was crying and appeared to be in pain.
It was later discovered that the minor had tested negative for the disease but had been defiled at the isolation ward.
“The mother and child were referred to the George Mukhari Hospital by the KT Motubatse clinic in Soshanguve on June 15,’ the victim’s aunt who remains anonymous to protect the identity of the child said.
“The nurses at the clinic said since the child was struggling to breathe, she should be taken to George Mukhari Hospital to be tested for coronavirus.
“The hospital called in the evening and told the mother that the child was crying and in pain. They later called around 11 pm and said the child was now sleeping. The hospital staff called again in the morning and told my sister to come and pick up her child because she had been discharged.
“The hospital said the child had tested negative for COVID-19.”
The aunt explained that when the child was picked up, she appeared to be struggling to walk.
“I saw that there was something wrong with the child. As the mother was changing the nappy, she discovered some white fluid on her private parts.
“She initially thought it was medication as the child had been in hospital. But the following day, that same whitish fluid was still coming out.
“When the mother closely inspected her child she could see that there had been ‘penetration’.”
The toddler was taken back to the hospital where a nurse said there was an indication that the child had been raped.
The Provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters confirmed to News24 that a rape case had been opened at Ga-Rankuwa police station and was being prioritised in line with SAPS’s direction on investigations of crime against women and children.
“The minor’s parent, who is the complainant in the case, will be kept abreast of developments in the investigation,” Peters said.