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    By CLARE NULLIS, Associated Press Writer
    Mon May 7, 2:04 PM ET


    A woman was convicted Monday of hiring a hit squad to murder her
    lover's baby daughter, ending a trial that had dominated headlines
    for months with details of South Africa's first known contract
    killing of an infant.

    Dina Rodrigues was found guilty of murder for orchestrating the June
    2005 killing of 6-month-old Jordan-Leigh Norton — her then-
    boyfriend's child from a previous relationship.

    Cheers erupted as the verdict was read in the packed Cape Town court
    room, where Norton family supporters wore pink in sympathy with the
    victim. Jordan's body, still dressed in pink, was found in a drain in
    Pretoria.

    "We are glad for the decision," the baby's grandfather, Vernon
    Norton, told the South African Press Association, adding that the
    family hoped Rodrigues would be sentenced to life in prison at the
    next hearing in June.

    The case has riveted South Africa — where an estimated 1,100 children
    are killed each year — in part because both the baby and Rodrigues
    were white and from privileged backgrounds. Most cases involving
    violence against children involve black and underprivileged
    defendants and victims.

    High Court Judge Basheer Waglay also convicted four men of murder and
    robbery in the case.

    The four had been hired by Rodrigues for a total of $1,500 to commit
    the crime, and posed as delivery men to gain access to the home of
    Jordan's grandparents, prosecutors said.

    They stabbed the infant in the neck and tried to make the murder look
    like a botched robbery, prosecutors said.

    Rodrigues' lawyer argued that it had been an attempted kidnapping
    gone wrong.

    But the judge rejected the argument, noting testimony from the baby's
    father, Neil Wilson, that Rodrigues had phoned him to tell him she
    got rid of the baby.

    Cases such as Jordan's have led to a recent campaigns drawing
    attention to the problem of violence against children.

    Also Monday, five youths made a brief appearance in a Soweto court to
    face charges of raping, stabbing and stoning to death 14-year-old
    Thato Radebe, whose body was found on waste land.

    "We have never had to deal with this level, intensity or numbers of
    crime against children," Childline head Joan van Niekerk said, noting
    her charity receives about 1 million phone calls from children
    reporting abuse each year. "Every year I start the year by saying it
    cannot get worse, and it does."

    The newly formed Protect Our Children campaign donated 200 teddy
    bears Monday to a Pretoria police station to be given to young
    victims. Last week, the Solidarity trade union collected more than
    1,100 bears — to mark the annual number of child murders in this
    country of 43 million — after the body of an 8-year-old girl was
    found in a sewer.

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