A THREE-year-old boy has allegedly been murdered by two children, aged seven and eight, after they tied him up with rope, beat him with stones and threw him off the edge of a dumpsite.
The unnamed boy was found dead near a dumpsite in Gueteng, South Africa, just one kilometre from his home yesterday.
The children had claimed they pushed him down a mountain-like slide and when they went down after him they noticed he had a cut on his head.
They said that when they tried to wake him up he wouldn’t move.
The three-year-old was reported missing on Saturday after being given an afternoon meal.
He reportedly left his bowl unattended and told his mother that he was playing outside.
He was found the next day.
The wounds and blood on his body were still “fresh”, according to his father who rushed to the dumpsite after hearing rumours about a body being discovered there.
“I just rushed there. A lot of things were going through my mind. I had hoped it would not be him but unfortunately it was,” he said.
His father thinks a third party may have been involved because he doesn’t believe two young children would have been able to move a dead body.
He told Times Live: “I understand the children could have been playing and a mistake happened, but a dead person is heavy.
“There is no way they would have been able to pick him up and put him inside a sack.
“Something doesn’t add up.
“There is an adult involved somehow.”
He could not think of anybody who might have wanted to harm him or his family.
“I don’t have enemies around. I wake up early in the morning and come back [from work] quite late.
“Something doesn’t add up”
“A lot of people don’t even know me in this area.
“Even if I had wronged someone why did they have to kill my son and not me?” he asked in a trembling voice, covering his face with his hands.
He claimed the parents of the two children who are allegedly behind his son’s death haven’t been in contact with him.
Family friends have said they have been left reeling from shock and that while the young boy would play like other children, he wouldn’t go far or get lost because he was “too clever”.
Anele Nyawo, who is friends with the child’s mother, said: “He was a very good boy.
“We last saw him playing with the other kids and eating chips … he liked playing like the other kids but he wouldn’t go far, he would not get lost.”
The boy’s family have lit a candle to mourn his death at their home.
Police are still investigating.