A comprehensive investigation into the tragic death of a nine-month-old boy at a creche on the North Coast of KZN has been launched.
The incident occurred in the Zwelisha area, Verulam, and took place on the baby’s very first day at the creche.
According to reports, the baby had been fed and was settling down for a nap when a caregiver discovered him in an unresponsive state.
Despite immediate medical help, their efforts to save the child were in vain.
The MEC of Social Development in KZN, Nonhlanhla Khoza, expressed deep shock and sorrow over the heartbreaking loss, emphasizing the necessity for law enforcement agencies to thoroughly probe the circumstances surrounding the child’s untimely demise while under the care of the creche.
“We place our full trust in the police to get to the bottom of this. The family and the wider community deserve to know what happened and whether any negligence or malpractice contributed to this tragedy,” she said.
This incident underscores the urgent need for stringent regulations and standards in childcare centers, Khoza added. It is crucial for parents to feel assured when leaving their children in the care of professionals.
“The loss of such a young life is an unimaginable tragedy. Society must ensure the highest levels of care and safety in all such facilities,” she stressed.
Prem Balram from Reaction Unit SA explained that the caregivers found the child unresponsive during a wellness check, approximately four hours after he had fallen asleep during lunch.
Upon the arrival of RUSA medics, they found the child wrapped in a blanket, and showing no signs of life.