JUST IN: Suspect attempts suicide

2017-06-13 16:20

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The man accused of killing his 18-month-old “stepson” has attempted to commit suicide while in custody at Kensington Police Station.

The 26-year-old man is reportedly hospitalized and under the guard of the police. He has been charged with murder.

Earlier today police spokesperson, Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, said the 18-month-old boy sustained serious injuries to his head and body and his “stepfather” was arrested.

Kensington police station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Fanie Scanlen says: “The mother’s boyfriend was arrested and this office can confirm that whilst in police custody he attempted suicide. He is currently hospitalized under police guard and thus his court appearance cannot be confirmed until he is discharged. A murder case has been opened and is now being investigated by Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit.”

Scanlen says the cause of death of the baby boy cannot be confirmed. “The cause of death could not be determined and this office cannot speculate on a cause of death,” he says.  

He explains that the baby was already unresponsive when his stepfather took him to the clinic where he was later declared dead.

Scanlen says that the mother of the baby was at work when the incident took place and she has also been taken to the police station for questioning.

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