Nurse accused of injecting child with HIV tainted blood

A nurse accused of injecting her stepson with HIV-contaminated blood in January last year will appear in the Mhala Regional court on Thursday, Limpopo police said.

Captain Moatshe Ngoepe said the woman — a nurse from Matikwane Hospital near Bushbuckridge — was arrested on January 17, 2004 after the now six-year-old boy told his biological mother she had injected him about three months ago.

The first time the mother took her son to the doctor, he tested HIV negative. However, three months later he was tested again, and the result was positive, Ngoepe said.

She was released on R1 500 bail and the case was provisionally withdrawn in November last year due to insufficient evidence, but was reinstated after police followed up leads and uncovered new evidence.

The 33-year-old woman faces a charge of attempted murder. – Sapa

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