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Two child sex attacks in one day

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Welcome to the town where no kid is safe from the clutches of evil rapists.

The latest victim is only 18 months old.

The baby was raped by a sick man while her father lay passed out metres away.

And hours later, also in Swellendam, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an 11-year-old boy.

Leonie Claassen, 33, tells the Daily Voice she grew suspicious on Sunday when her neighbour’s lights went off while he was sleeping in her house.

She says she earlier went to her neighbour’s house while he was standing outside so that she could cover the baby with a blanket.

But later, when the baby’s father was passed out in her house, another neighbour, known only as Raymond, came to inform her that he saw a man go into the house where the child had been left alone.

Leonie says: “When the house’s lights went off, we went to go look what was going on.”

In the house, Leonie heard a tap being turned on in the bathroom but decided to first check up on the baby before investigating further.

“The baby was wrapped tightly in the blanket that I threw over her,” she says.

“It looked as if the rapist pulled it over her head so that nobody would hear her screaming.”

The rapist then escaped out the bathroom window.

According to Leonie, the baby’s father was confused when they told him about the incident.

“He cleaned the child and put other clothes on,” the shocked woman says.

“When the police arrived, he did not want to open the door.”

The father was arrested and charged with child negligence and for obstructing the police from doing their work.

However, a 24-year-old man was arrested a few hours later after Leonie pointed him out to the police.

“He looked shocked and admitted that he was with the child in the house,” she says.

Police spokesman November Filander confirms the incident.

“The 24-year-old was arrested on the same day at about 4pm on a charge of rape,” says Filander.

“He appeared in Swellendam Magistrates’ Court but has not pleaded yet and will stay in custody.”

Filander adds the baby is still in hospital where she is being treated for injuries she suffered during the incident.

A few hours later, another helpless child was allegedly raped.

In this attack the suspect is reportedly only 11 years old.

According to the eight-year-old girl’s mother, she sent her friends to fetch her daughter at her friend’s house.

The mother says: “They heard her screaming in the caravan but they could not get the door open.”

An 11-year-old boy then allegedly burst out of the caravan and ran away.

The shocked 30-year-old mom eventually found the boy in his grandmother’s house.

“He got a big fright and just cried – and because I have respect for his ouma (grandmother), I did not do anything, but I wanted to donner (beat) him,” says the mom.

Meanwhile, the little girl has gone back to the same school the boy attends.

Captain FC van Wyk says a case of rape against an 11-year-old is being investigated.

The attacks have opened old wounds in Swellendam, where residents were left reeling when Mikayla Rossouw, six, was kidnapped, raped and murdered by her neighbour in 2007.

*This article was published in the Daily Voice

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