It was alleged that the suspect assaulted his girlfriend’s 11-month-old boy in a shack at the Madondo informal settlement on the corner of Von Wielligh and Wemmer Jubilee streets on September 17, spokesman Warrant Officer Xoli Mbele said in a statement.
The child’s mother was doing washing outside when she allegedly heard her boyfriend screaming at the child.
“Suddenly it was quiet inside the shack. When the mother came inside the shack, [her] boyfriend told her that the child is sleeping, and he [then] changed his statement [saying] that he [had] fainted.”
The child had bruises on the head and all over his body.
They took the child to the fire station where paramedics declared him dead. The man allegedly tried to run away but was apprehended after the police were contacted, Mbele said.
A police investigation was underway and the suspect would appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.