A three-month-old twin baby girl died after being eaten by rats while her mother allegedly went out drinking in Mavimbela Section, Katlehong on the East Rand at the weekend.
Angry community members yesterday said the 26-year-old mother left her child alone at home while she went to a shebeen with the other twin baby known as Lucky.
“The only thing she likes is going out partying in local shebeens,” her landlady’s daughter Noluthando Mtshali said.
Mtshali is among several other homeowners who have shacks in their yard that they rent out. “I just could not bring myself to go in and see what happened to this poor child,” Mtshali said.
However, those brave enough to see the ghastly remains of the little infant said the child could only have died a painful death. A neighbour, who was one of the first to see the child after her ordeal said the infant’s tongue, eyes and fingers had been eaten by the rodents.
“Besides the missing body parts, the remains of her body had bites and wounds all over that were inflicted by the sharp teeth of the rats. This woman must rot in jail because she does not deserve to be a mother.”