A 17-year-old mother from Nyevedzanai Village in Chivi District, Masvingo Province allegedly threw her two-year-old daughter into a river following a dispute with her brother.
The teen mom threw the baby into the crocodile-infested Tugwi River after her brother confronted her over her alleged promiscuity.
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Masvingo police spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa said:
On 1 April the 17-year-old female juvenile was coming from fetching water at a nearby stream when her 16-year-old brother saw her from a distance talking to a local boy, which did not go down well with the brother.
When they went back home, they had an argument and the juvenile mother got angry and told him that she was going to commit suicide.
The mother then took her daughter to the river which is two kilometres away from their homestead and allegedly threw her into the water.
She later came back and told her brother that she had thrown the baby into the river.
The girl’s brother told their grandmother who reported the matter to the police leading to the teen being arrested.
Villagers told Sunday News that the teen mother’s brother was not happy with the way his sister had been behaving for some time.