North West father poisons self, child

2013-02-21 16:29

Johannesburg - A child has died after being poisoned by his father in Sunrise View, near Rustenburg, North West police said on Thursday.

The 30-year-old man visited his girlfriend and their two children on Tuesday, Colonel Emelda Setlhako said.

He took the 2-year-old son to the toilet and closed the door.

"It is suspected he drank poison and also gave it to the child to drink," said Setlhako.

She said the mother heard the child crying when she went to investigate. She found both of them vomiting.

They were taken to hospital, but the child died on arrival. The man was receiving treatment under police guard.

He faced a charge of murder and would appear in court once he had recovered, said Setlhako.