A Beitbridge man disappeared after he fatally assaulted his three-year-old stepdaughter who was crying when he wanted to catch some sleep on Wednesday morning.
Mulaleli Sibanda has been on the run since Thursday when his stepdaughter, Charmaine Moyo, was pronounced dead on arrival at Beitbridge District Hospital.
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According to acting Matabeleland South police spokesperson Inspector Loveless Mangena, the incident occurred in Makhavhane Village under Beitbridge Rural Police.
Mangena said Sibanda got irritated and started beating Charmaine at around 4am when she started crying while sharing the same room with her mother Phathisiwe Dube. Said Mangena:
He beat her with clenched fists and kicked the child who started bleeding from the nose, ears and mouth.
He continued assaulting the toddler but agreed to take the child to the hospital. Sibanda sneaked away when the child was a pronounced dead on arrival.
We are waiting for post-mortem. The body currently stored at Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary.