Tod­dler stays with a corpse for three days

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

A THREE-YEAR-OLD child stayed with her de­ceased grand­mother for three days, with the tod­dler be­liev­ing the 54-year-old was asleep all the time, the Le­sotho Times heard this week.

‘Man­thabiseng Ra­mataboe of Mahla­ba­theng vil­lage in Roma, was found dead in her bed­room on Satur­day last week, with mul­ti­ple wounds on her head, bruises all over the body and one of her eyes beaten out of its socket, ac­cord­ing to a fam­ily spokesper­son, Lekhooa Ra­mataboe.

“She was last seen by neigh­bours on Wed­nes­day last week, and we sus­pect she could have been killed that night, but her body was only dis­cov­ered on Satur­day at around mid­day,” Mr Ra­mataboe said.

“‘Man­thabiseng used to live with her 28-year-old grand­son and the three-year-old girl.

“The grand­son had not been seen for about two weeks, un­til the day he found the de­ceased in bed with dried blood all over the place, which sug­gested the attack could have taken place days be­fore.”

Mr Ra­mataboe said they were yet to as­cer­tain the where­abouts of the grand­son in those two weeks.

“But he told us that when he came to check on the fam­ily to­gether with his friend, that’s when he met his three-yearold sis­ter who in­formed him their grand­mother was asleep and was still in bed,” he said.

“He said since it was still early in the morn­ing, he pruned the peach-tree in front of the house and cut the grass in the yard and did not think much of his grand­mother’s ab­sence. But he said know­ing his grand­mother, he was sur­prised that she could still be in bed at mid­day when he fin­ished his chores.

“He told us he then de­cided to check on her, only to be met with this in­con­ceiv­able hor­ror. Neigh­bours who came to the house when he raised the alarm then alerted the Roma po­lice about the tragedy,” Mr Ra­mataboe said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Ra­mataboe, of­fi­cers who at­tended the crime scene said they sus­pected she could also have been raped.

“This tragedy has left all of us shaken, and we also don’t know how to deal with this three-year-old child who ap­pears to have seen her grand­mother be­ing mur­dered,” he said.

“She is con­tin­u­ally mum­bling that they beat her up, and in­jured her eye. She needs se­ri­ous coun­selling but we have noone to help us with this ser­vice; we don’t know who to ap­proach for such help, be­cause we be­lieve it also re­quires money which we don’t have.”

The de­ceased’s heart­bro­ken son, Thabiso Ra­mataboe, who lives in Ha Mabote due to work-com­mit­ments, told the Le­sotho Times his mother had com­plained about “strange with­drawals of money” from her bank ac­count.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mo­fo­keng Kolo

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