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Baby ‘abused, murdered’

The life of Levi Isaacs was cut short on Friday 13 November after he was allegedly killed by his parents.

The abuse of the eight-month-old boy is reportedly said to have been an ongoing matter. The family stayed in a Wendy house in Camelia Street.

On Monday 16 November, his parents, Catherine Ludick (31) and Ricardo Isaacs (32), appeared in the Bishop Lavis magistrate’s court on a charge of murder.

According to Bishop Lavis police spokesperson, WO Joseph Swartbooi, they have been remanded in custody and are due to make a bail application on 22 January 2021.

Ward councillor Angus McKenzie has expressed shock and “disgust” after learning about the incident.

“In the last four years of being the ward councillor in Bonteheuwel, I have dealt with very heinous and disgusting crimes. One of those crimes was the R5 rape story in which a five-year-old girl was raped by a 58-year-old man for R5. I tracked that case all the way to every court and I involved the community. We ensured that the perpetrator in that case received life behind bars. The second very heinous crime I dealt with was the rape of an eight-month-old baby. That broke me because a defenceless child would have to endure such pain and trauma.”

McKenzie visited the home of Levi Isaacs on Monday 16 November. He said it will take a very long time for him to get over what he saw.

“What I experienced when visiting the scene is going to take me a very long time to deal with and to get over. From speaking to people in the area, it is quite clear that this has been an ongoing case of child abuse. An eight-month-old child was abused so badly that he is no longer with us anymore. That baby wasn’t abused by a stranger.”

“Levi Isaacs was abused by the person who gave birth to him and her husband. I’m shocked to my core. I’m heartbroken, devastated and disgusted. This is not who we are as people. 

“I’m going to get the community together and rally that these parents do not see the light of day again.”

According to Swartbooi, the child was transported to Red Cross Hospital on Thursday 12 November for medical treatment.

“On Friday 13 November, police were informed by the hospital that the baby was on life support and already declared brain dead. 

“Life support had to be suspended.”

Swartbooi added that the child’s 32-year-old father and 31-year-old mother were arrested on the same day. 

“The duo have been charged with murder. The motive for this sad action is unfortunately unknown.

“Station commander of Bishop Lavis police, Brig Christopher Jones, condemned the action of the parents and encouraged the community to approach the Victim Empowerment Room when they are in need,” says Swartbooi..

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