Teen arrested for rape and murder of toddler

Teen arrested for rape and murder of toddler

A 19-year-old man remains in police custody for the rape and murder of a 15-month-old toddler in the North West.

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Pitso Motsanana was arrested on Thursday for allegedly kidnapping the toddler from her home in Jouberton outside Klerksdorp, last month.

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The body of the toddler was found in an open field, hidden underneath a rock, close to her home. 

North West spokesperson Adéle Myburgh says Motsanana has already made his first appearance in the Klerksdorp Magistrates' Court.

"According to information available at this stage, Mpho was allegedly kidnapped on Saturday, 1 February 2020 at about 20:00 while sleeping with her 22-year-old mother in Extension 12, Jouberton outside Klerksdorp. "

"It is alleged that Mpho's mother woke up and realised that there was an intruder inside the house. The intruder allegedly grabbed Mpho and fled the scene on foot," says Myburgh.

The suspect is expected to return to court on Wednesday for a bail application.

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