Baby Jamie’s mom, gran to be sent for mental evaluation

A call for psychiatric evaluation was made in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court today by the attorney of Patricia Kershnie Ishwarlal and Salatchee Venilla Basanich, who are accused of murdering Jamie Faith Naidoo (Baby Jamie).

Baby Jamie’s mother, Ishwarlal, and her grandmother, Basanich, appeared briefly in the court and were remanded into custody until their next appearance on January 7.

No bail application had been made, Rising Sun Chatsworth reported.

A date for the evaluation is pending due to a wait for beds at Forte Napier Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Ishwaral and Basanich were arrested last month after Baby Jamie was found dead at their Chatsworth home.

The toddler had reportedly been abused for some time.

During the pair’s last appearance, the court heard from a pathologist that the two-year-old, who was cremated last week, had also been raped.

Outside the court, irate community members on Thursday argued that social workers should be more equipped in determining factors leading to the adoption of foster children.

Earlier this week, Baby Jamie’s paternal grandfather, Vivian van Vuuren criticised the screening process used by social workers.

“Social workers need to be more equipped in terms of screening foster applicants to avoid another death of an innocent child,” he said.

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– Caxton News Service

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