KZN mother arrested for drowning daughter to death for ‘being difficult’

A 45-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly drowning her 4-year-old daughter to death in a bucket of water at her house in Billito, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Wednesday.

Constable Thenjiswa Ngcobo, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson, said a complaint came in on Tuesday about a child who had died at a residence in the area.

“Police proceeded to the said address and upon arrival they met the mother of the child who stated that her child was difficult and troubling her and she decided to drown the child in a bucket full of water until she stopped moving.

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“Both the child’s hands were tied up with a tape. The little girl was certified dead at the scene. A case of murder was opened for investigation by Umhlali SAPS,” said Ngcobo.

The police confirmed that the woman accused of drowning her child is in custody and will be appearing in the KwaDukuza Magistrates Court on Thursday facing a murder charge.

Adeshini Naicker, the Childline KZNacting director said: “This is shocking and sad especially in light of all the awareness and education we create around child abuse, femicide and infanticide.”

Glynnis Dauth, Isaiah 54 Children’s Sanctuary founder, said the death od the child was a hard one and seemed premeditated. Dauth questioned where the mother’s support system was and whether she had previous mental conditions. Dealing with problematic children is difficult and even more so if the woman was doing it all by herself. “The child cannot defend itself. How was the child treated before this happened, we will never know,” said Dauth.

Source: News24, IOL, Times Live, The South African, image from The South African

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