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Chained Girl Is Deaf

May 2, 2007

Temba, South Africa – A 12-year-old girl who was chained to her bed for weeks by her mother is apparently deaf and hyperactive.

Inspector Gabashane Moseki said an investigating officer referred the case to social workers for assessment after interviewing the mother.

The 26-year-old mother who was arrested over the weekend, has not been charged yet, police reported on Monday.

“We took the case to social workers after we found out that the 12-year-old girl is deaf and extremely hyperactive,” Moseki said.

“We also decided not to press charges against the woman yet because preliminary investigations revealed that she was very frustrated by her daughter’s condition and did not know where to go to get help.”

Moseki said social workers and the investigating officer compiled a report and handed it, along with a case docket, to the Temba Magistrate’s Court on Monday afternoon.

It will be up to the court to decide whether charges could be laid against the woman and whether the girl should be taken to a safe haven, she said.

The woman from the Marico village near Themba, north of Pretoria, was arrested on Saturday after police received a tip-off from a neighbour.

Although the girl was not injured, she was admitted to a local hospital for treatment.

Posted by South African Press Assoication


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  1. Demi Ebert
    May 2, 2007 at 11:31 am

    Almost all countries in Africa have weak human right law. I don’t like how they treated the deaf people and women. They need to stop abusing people. I used to work for American engineering company. I traveled through Africa. Poor and abused people need some good spirits and happiness. I met some Deaf people in the street. Many of them don’t sign and have no education. That made me sad.

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