UPDATE: ‘We have failed this little girl’ (watch video of the mother)

Dereleen James comforting a weeping Samantha, mother of the murdered little girl.

Four-year-olds are normally inquisitive, playful and very friendly children.

Shaynice Talla was just such a child. Described by her mother, Samantha Talla as a very beautiful child, she went missing at 4 pm yesterday afternoon.

When the family realised that the precocious Shaynice was missing, they immediately mounted efforts to find the missing pre-schooler.

In their growing panic, they went to the Eldorado Park Station to report her disappearance.

Their growing desperation to find Shaynice led to the Local Drug Action Committee becoming involved in the search.

According to LDAC member, Fagmeda Edries, “My throat closed up when we found her.”

Shaynice Talla

Edries said that the four-year-old’s body was discovered in an open drain not far from the family home.

Makeshift seats near the site where her body was found are an indication that the spot provides cover for drug-users who consume drugs away from prying eyes.

One man was arrested in connection with the heinous crime and police had to urge residents who were baying for his blood, to remain calm and let justice take its course.

A visibly distraught Dereleen James visited the family and said, “We have failed this little girl. All of us have failed because we did not create a safe environment for her to play in.”

The Talla family are angry and grief-stricken at the gut-wrenching loss of such a young life under circumstances which defy belief and Shaynice’s mother and siblings were visibly distraught at having to bury their sister as they wept inconsolably.

The Local Drug Action Committee (LDAC) is raising funds to help the family with funeral arrangements and the community have come out in force to denounce this horrific crime.

Brigadier Pieter van Dyk, station commander at the Eldorado Park Police Station has confirmed that the body of a four-year-old child was found at 11pm last night and that a search by police and the community led to the discovery of her body.

“A man has been arrested, but that was to prevent residents from executing a mob justice attack. Police are working around the clock to determine the exact cause of her death and are awaiting a report from medical personnel,” said van Dyk.

He cautioned parents against allowing children to roam the streets unsupervised and said that parents found guilty of this would face charges of neglect.

Van Dyk said, “I sympathise with the parents who have lost a child and I plead with the community to make sure that their children are monitored at all times.”


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