Mental patient kills infant son, stuffs ash into his mouth, nose and ears

MARONDERA – In a bizarre incident, a 31-year-old mental patient murdered her infant son whom she stuffed with some ashes in his mouth, ears, noise and eyes.

Police confirmed Wednesday they have arrested Linnet Takawira in connection with the crime.

“Police in Mash East Province have arrested a mental patient, Linnet Takawira (31) in connection with the callous killing of her son, Tanatswa Mutasa Dzinamarira (3).

“The victim was found dead the next morning at the shrine with wet ashes stuffed in the mouth, ears, nose and eyes, whilst the suspect was sitting in an ash pit, naked, with ashes all over the body,” police said via their social media handles.

This follows another shock incident in January this year in which a 24-year-old woman was arrested for killing her infant child and severely injuring the other by smashing their heads against a rock while conducting a prayer.

Mary Rukobo was arrested for murdering her 2-month-old son and injuring the 2-year-old.

Rukobo, of Mashangana Village, Buhera, claimed she heard a “divine voice” instructing her to carry out the heinous act.

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