Tod­dler dies af­ter drink­ing pes­ti­cide

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie @wal­terbm­swazie

A TWO-YEAR-OLD Masvingo tod­dler died af­ter he drank pes­ti­cide from a bot­tle that he picked from the fields while play­ing with his three-year-old sis­ter.

Fam­ily sources said Al­lan Nhekana of Mukuti Re­set­tle­ment com­plained of stom­ach pains af­ter down­ing the contents.

The boy was rushed to Guwa Clinic but died on ad­mis­sion.

Masvingo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Char­ity Mazula said the in­ci­dent oc­curred last Wed­nes­day at around 2PM.

She said the boy’s body was taken to Mor­gen­ster Mis­sion Hos­pi­tal for a post-mortem.

“We have re­ceived a case of sud­den death by poi­son­ing in­volv­ing a two year-old tod­dler. The tod­dler drank the poi­son af­ter be­ing left in the cus­tody of his three year-old sis­ter by the mother, Ms Espina Vhomo. Ms Vhomo had gone to fetch wa­ter from a nearby well,” said Insp Mazula.

She said while play­ing, Al­lan picked a 50ml pes­ti­cide bot­tle and drank the contents.

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