A 10-month-old baby died after he was allegedly assaulted by his father at his Bethelsdorp home last night, September 21.
At approximately 19:00, the mother of the child and the baby went to the child’s father’s house in Langdon Street, Extension 36. While at the house, it is alleged that the child cried continuously, and it irritated the father until he could no longer tolerate it.
According to police spokesperson, Col. Priscilla Naidu, the mother explained that the child may have cramps. The father then allegedly started to assault the child with his fists in his face. The mother was then chased away while the father kept the child with him.
“At about 06:00 this morning, the mother went back to the house for the child. She found the child dead on the bed. She took him to her house and alerted the police,” Naidu said.
“At about 10:00 this morning, SAPS Bethelsdorp detectives arrested the father at his house. He is detained on a charge of murder,” she added.
He will appear in the Gqeberha Magistrates Court on Monday, September 27.
Source: SAPS media statement