Manhunt after toddler’s throat slashed

2014-05-28 18:04
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - A manhunt has been launched for a man who allegedly killed a 2-year-old boy by slashing his throat with a broken bottle in Seshego, Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

"The suspect allegedly bashed his girlfriend's 2-year-old child against the wall, cut his throat with a broken bottle, and when a teenager tried to interfere he was stabbed on the head," said spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The incident happened on Monday.

Mulaudzi said the man broke a window to gain access to the house, wherein an argument ensued between him and his 27-year-old girlfriend.

The woman's 2-year-old son and her two siblings, aged 10 and 14, were in the house.

"As the argument heated up, the woman managed to escape and went to her aunt's house to seek help, leaving her son and two siblings in the house," Mulaudzi said.

The man threw the toddler against the wall and stabbed the 14-year-old in the head when he tried to stop him.

The toddler died in Polokwane Provincial Hospital on Tuesday. The teenager is receiving medical treatment in the same hospital.

"We plead with parents to leave children out of their domestic squabbles. We are pursuing positive leads and with assistance from the community, our breakthrough is imminent," said provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Fannie Masemola.

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