Mother in court for allegedly poisoning children

2017-05-29 20:33
Magistrate's Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Magistrate's Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Pretoria - A woman accused of poisoning her children, aged 3 and 7, at their home in Stinkwater, north of Pretoria, and then fleeing shortly afterward appeared in the Temba Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Captain Kay Makhubela said the 27-year-old mother had been charged with murder.

Earlier, Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Samuel Sebola said the children's father had received a call from the woman on Sunday, May 21.

READ: Temba mom claims she put rat poison in her dead kids' breakfast

Sebola said the woman notified him that she was not home with the children and that she had left for Limpopo before abruptly cutting the call.

The man had received a call from the woman's employer, asking about her whereabouts as she had not been to work for three days.

He then decided to go to her home to see who was looking after the children, Sebola said.

Upon his arrival at the woman's house in Mokone block just after 14:00, the man found that the gate was locked. He then went to the woman's relatives who lived a few blocks away, to ask for the keys to enter her home.

He then tried to enter through the main entrance but failed. He managed to gain entry through another door.

"When he got inside, he found the children on the bed. They were under a blanket. When he tried to move them, he realised they were not breathing and called the neighbours and asked for help."

Makhubela said the woman handed herself over to police on Saturday.

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