Suspect arrested for the murder of a two-year-old baby

News South Africa

Tebogo Msimanga |

Mogwase police in North West Province arrested a 25-year-old man for the alleged murder of a two-year-old baby girl on Saturday, 16 April 2022 at Lerome East village near Mogwase outside Rustenburg.

Colonel Amanda Funani of North West Police said according to information at their disposal, the little girl was with his father when the man forcefully gained entrance into a shack and demanded to see his girlfriend who used to stay in the same shack. He was told by the baby’s father that he did not know the woman.

“It was at that stage that the man allegedly attacked the baby’s father who was forced to go outside. He came back moments later and found that the door was locked. As a result, he and the neighbours broke the door and found the baby lying on the bed with head injuries.”

Colonel Funani said the suspect was allegedly assaulted by members of the community. “After calling the police and paramedics, the baby was taken to hospital where she was certified dead on arrival.”

The suspect who sustained serious injuries was also taken to hospital and is expected to appear in Mogwase Magistrates’ Court soon after being discharged.

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