Nkatazo Penga (38) from Dete has been arrested for committing a heinous crime after he allegedly whipped his three-year-old stepson, Sanie Dieton Tembo, to death accusing him of wetting blankets on Tuesday, Chronicles can report.
The deceased had been left in the custody of the accused stepfather by his mother who left home going to the family field.
The mother, Ms Estere Tembo (50) returned home and found her son’s lifeless body in the kitchen hut.
Penga reportedly told Estere that he went out and on his return found the boy dead and did not know what had happened to him.
Neighbours said Penga was in the habit of beating up the little boy each time he wet the blankets, and the boy’s body sustained scars.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi could not readily comment on the matter saying he was yet to get an official update.
Police discovered that the boy’s body was swollen and had fresh bruises on the face above the eye, buttocks, leg, back, hand and head.
The body was taken to Bulawayo yesterday for post-mortem.