A Dema woman, Linet Takawira, 31, has been detained by police in Mashonaland East province for allegedly murdering her three-year-old son yesterday at a church shrine.
The boy’s mouth, ears, and nose were reportedly filled with ashes when his body was discovered.
According to the allegations, Takawira of Dizha Village, Chirasavana, Chief Seke in Dema went to bed with her husband Mr. Kudakwashe Dzinamarira (37) and their son Tanatswa on February 13, 2023, around 10 o’clock.
When the husband awoke the following morning and realised his wife and son were not in the room, he alerted a neighbour, and they searched.
Takawira is believed to be mentally challenged.
While conducting the search, they met a boy who informed them that he had seen Tanatswa lying on the ground covered with a blue towel at a Johane Masowe Echishanu church shrine in the same village.
The two allegedly proceeded to the scene where they discovered Tanatswa’s lifeless body.
They reportedly proceeded to file a report with the police.
Mashonaland East Police Spokesperson Inspector Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the incident to The Herald.
“Upon attending the scene, police discovered the body of the deceased stuffed with ashes in the mouth, ears and nose. The mother of the child was seated naked in an ash pit, about 30 metres away from the body, with ashes all over her body.
“She was subsequently arrested and the body of the deceased was conveyed to Chitungwiza hospital mortuary for postmortem.”
Inspector Chazovachiyi urged guardians of those who are mentally challenged to ensure that they take their medication religiously and always monitor their activities every time.