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- 3 Year Old Girl Dies After Accidentally Being Tickled To Death By Her Mother
It’s a warning being sent out to parents across the country after a 3 year old kZN girl lost her life after being tickled by her mother.
Intense tickling of children under the age of 7 may cause asphyxiation which commonly leads to death. Ayanda Magadlela, 28, allegedly learned this the hard way and is now facing involuntary manslaughter charges for the death of her toddler. Even though this has been reported to have happened to small children in past incidents, police are not buying her story.
Magadlela said it was an innocent case of “the tickle game” that she played with her daughter ever since she was two months old. “Me and Amahle love to play this game, we do it every night…. well, we did,” Magadlela told police, very straight faced, calm and collective. “I don’t know, then she just stopped moving, she was laughing hard and then went silent. I don’t know what went wrong. But I still have 6 other kids so i will just accept that this was God’s plan for Amahle. I’ll miss her, but I guess it was just her fate.”
However, police are not quite buying Magadlela story about what happened during her “innocent” tickle game. “Just by her statement she gave about what happened, I don’t believe her,” said acting chief of police Nhlanhla Mkhwanaz. “The toddler had bruises all over her body, and were still waiting for the autopsy report. This mom claims they were tickling bruises…yeah right. Either way, she killed her daughter and she has this ‘I don’t care because I have more kids’ attitude and it’s really disgusting.
Mkhwanaz says the prosecution is hoping for a first-degree murder charge if the autopsy results come back as they believe it will. As for now, Magadlela is being held in Bellair Police station in Durban with no bail. Her 6 other children have been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
(Photo Courtesy Of Charlotte Police Dept.)