A man from Limpopo has been apprehended for allegedly murdering a one-year-old child and assaulting the child’s mother after accusing her of stalking.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the man was arrested on Sunday, the same day the murder occurred, by the Tubatse police.
Ledwaba stated that the man was identified as the “stepfather” of the child.
“When the police arrived at the crime scene, they discovered an unconscious one-year-old girl lying on a sofa with no pulse and visible bruises on her face. Paramedics confirmed her death at the scene,” Ledwaba explained.
Ledwaba further explained that the child and her three-year-old sister were left alone at home by their mother while she searched for her boyfriend at a tavern in Praktiseer.
The man had apparently returned home prior to the mother’s arrival and allegedly subjected the child to fatal violence.
“The girlfriend returned home around 20:45, as reported. Upon her arrival, the suspect accused her of stalking him and subsequently assaulted her in the presence of their neighbors,” Ledwaba added.
The man is scheduled to appear before the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, facing charges of assault and murder.