November 29, 2020

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Three children left unattended found dead in car by grandmother

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Police are investigating a horrific incident in the town of Morokweng in the North-West province after a grandmother returned home to discover the lifeless bodies of three children she was charged with taking care of. 

The woman had left the children – two of whom were her own grandchildren – in the yard of her home while she attended a nearby funeral and returned to find them dead inside an old, unused vehicle parked in her driveway.

Deceased Morokweng children found by grandmother

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said in a statement that the children had been left unattended for approximately five hours. It is unclear exactly how the children died.

“Police in Morokweng opened an inquest docket for investigation after three children aged four, five and six were found dead on Wednesday, 18 November 2020, at Botsalano village near Morokweng,” he said. 

“According to reports, the grandmother left the children in the yard at approximately 10:00 to attend a funeral service in the same village.  She returned home at about 15:30 and found the minors’ lifeless bodies inside an old and unused vehicle that was parked in the yard.”

He said that a neighbour’s child was among the deceased.

“Of the three children, two of them (Thabo and Thoriso Mohibidu) are a brother and sister while the six-year-old (Bokao Sheleng), is a neighbours’ child and a friend to Thabo and Thoriso.”

Latest tragedy resulting from leaving kids unattended  

Mokgwabone said that this incident is the latest in a spate of tragic deaths resulting from children being left unattended by those charged with their care, and urged parents and guardians to be more vigilant

“Members of the community and parents are urged to take proper care of their children to avoid tragic incidents such as this one and another one that occurred on Saturday, 14 November 2020, in Mammutla village, Taung where three children were found dead inside a freezer,” he said.