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Family of Ugandan tortured toddler ‘traumatised’

Police alighting from a van in Uganda/AFP

Police alighting from a van in Uganda/AFP

Uganda, Dec 10 – The father of a Ugandan toddler tortured by her nanny said Wednesday the family remained “traumatised” by the event, as sentencing was delayed for the maid.

The 22-year-old maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, pleaded guilty on Monday to torturing the toddler, a case that shocked the country after a graphic video of her abusing the girl was made public.

The maid, who faces up to 15 years in prison for the assault, had been due to be sentenced Wednesday, but the case was adjourned until December 16.

No reason was given for the delay.

“Our baby was tortured in a way that was unimaginable,” Eric Kamanzi, 32, the father of the 18-month old girl, told AFP outside court.

“As a family we are still traumatised, the baby is still traumatised.”

When asked if 15 years would be an appropriate sentence for Tumuhiirwe, Kamanzi said it was a matter for the justice system to decide.

“My main concern is my baby girl, who was brutally beaten,” he added.

The girl’s parents, who had installed a hidden camera to film when they were at work, were shocked to see the footage showing the maid violently hurling their daughter to the floor.

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Tumuhiirwe is seen apparently trying to force feed the child, before slapping her hard.

After the girl vomits, the maid throws her facedown on to a hard floor.

She then kicks the child’s face and stomach before putting her entire weight on the girl’s back, and then drags her out of the room, apparently unconscious.

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