Mum arrested after kids die in fire

2014-06-09 10:36

The mother of two children has been arrested in Jabulani, Soweto and charged with culpable homicide for alleged negligence that led to their death at the weekend.

The 31-year-old woman was arrested this morning, said Gauteng police’s Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela.

The children, aged four and six, died on Saturday night on their way to hospital after the building they were in caught fire.

The woman allegedly locked the children alone in a flat with a heater switched on.

“Police have found that the mother was negligent by locking the kids inside, while the heater was on,” said Makhubela.

She would appear in the Protea Magistrates’ Court soon.

The children were pronounced dead at the hospital on Saturday, after neighbours broke in to help them after their home caught fire.

Makhubela said at the time, the woman and her boyfriend allegedly tried to take the children’s bodies from hospital without informing police.

Police had initially opened an inquest docket with child-neglect charges. The charge was changed to culpable homicide.

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