Authorities were alerted to the matter and arrived on scene to find that the baby boy had a missing foot and a very swollen face. He was allegedly left in the shack by his mother.
Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said, “Upon investigation it would appeared that the missing body part; a foot, was severed and consumed by rats.”
It is still uncertain whether the injuries induced by the rodents was the cause of death and whether the rats started gnawing on the infant while he will still alive. A case of murder has been opened and police will await the post-mortem results, to answer these questions as well as to indicate exactly how the orphan died.
Police are still searching for the baby’s mother who was the last person seen with the infant. According to police, the infant was picked up by his mother from his grandmother’s house on Saturday.
“We are currently looking for the mother, to obtain an explanation as to what happened and why the child was left alone,” said Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng.
In September this year a case of child neglect was opened against the baby’s mother which resulted in social development handing over the children to the grandmother’s care for safe keeping.
Mofokeng confirmed that the case of neglect against the mother was still pending.