Poi­son rid­dle in park tod­dler case

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHAYA KOKO khaya.koko@inl.co.za

JOBURG po­lice are still search­ing for the par­ents or guardians of a 3-or-4-year-old boy who was found dead in Grey­mont Park on De­cem­ber 29 last year.

Mean­while, in­ves­ti­ga­tors have dis­cov­ered the young boy may have been poi­soned.

The body was dis­cov­ered at around 9am on De­cem­ber 29 by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who live around the park, to­gether with work­ers em­ployed by Jo­han­nes­burg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ).

Cap­tain Kay Makhubele con­firmed that a case of mur­der had been opened at the Sophi­a­town Po­lice Sta­tion, where a pre­lim­i­nary post­mortem re­port was com­piled.

“The boy has not yet been iden­ti­fied. Also, the post­mortem in­di­cates that the boy might have been poi­soned.

“We can­not say which type of poi­son was used to kill the boy as this would neg­a­tively im­pact the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. We also can­not in­di­cate what race the boy is. No signs of phys­i­cal abuse have been de­tected,” he said.

Makhubele said the boy was found wear­ing a grey top, long black trousers and black sneak­ers.

“We are ap­peal­ing to any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward be­cause we don’t know who this boy is, where he was com­ing from, or who dumped him there. So it will be very help­ful if some­one comes for­ward.

“We haven’t re­ceived any re­ports of miss­ing boys of that age,” Makhubele said.

He said a mo­tive for the poi­son­ing has yet to be es­tab­lished.

Spokesper­son for JCPZ, Jenny Mood­ley, ex­pressed sad­ness at the death of the boy, adding that her depart­ment had also en­listed the help of res­i­dents who lived around the park to as­sist them in iden­ti­fy­ing the boy or his par­ents.

“On be­half of the team at JCPZ we are ap­peal­ing to the par­ents of this tod­dler to come for­ward. Some­where, some­body is miss­ing a beau­ti­ful child. Let’s help en­sure that he can rest in peace,” she said.


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