According to Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela Masondo, the rumors of the woman who was seen kicking her child in a viral video being dead are false.
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Masondo also stated that the police have no record of any suicide and that the investigation into the case of child abuse and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm is ongoing.
The child has reportedly been removed from the mother’s custody and placed with the provincial department of social development.
The mother appeared in court and was released, but the South African Police Service was instructed to collect both parents’ cellphones for further investigation. False rumors of the woman’s death began circulating on social media platforms.
The video of a woman kicking her child has gone viral. The 13-second clip shows the child lying on the ground while the woman kicks him repeatedly and steps on his chest and throat.
The child then breaks down in tears. People on social media expressed their sadness and sympathies for the child and the woman.
Some commented on the emotional trauma that may have caused her to commit such a crime and take her own life, while others voiced their hope for her rehabilitation and reconciliation with her son. Despite the tragedy, many believe that the incident could have been prevented.