Police in Kagera Province in Tanzania have arrested a 30-year-old man accused of killing his 2-year-old son for answering the long call of nature in bed.
Daniel Juma, who hails from Kazingati Village in Rulenge, Ngara District, is alleged to have brutally assaulted the boy on December 27, 2019, and locked him up in the house until Monday, January 14, when he was rescued by neighbours and taken to hospital.
Bahati, however, died on admission at hospital.
Police say Juma inserted a sharp metallic object in the boy’s buttocks after he pooped on bed, consequently, causing him grievous bodily harm.
Authorities say Juma, a divorcee, shared the bed with the boy and his 28-year-old girlfriend, Emilian Juma, who had visited Daniel that night.
Mtanzania newspaper quotes Kagera Provincial police boss, Revocatus Malimi, as confirming the incident.
“After the child answered the long call of nature on the bed, Juma reached for a sharp metallic object that he used to stab the boy in the face, buttocks and other parts of the body. The suspect, thereafter, drove the sharp object in the boy’s anus, causing him serious injuries,” said Malimi.
“Even after brutally assaulting the boy, he did not take him to hospital, but locked him up in the house while treating him with herbal medicine. When the boy’s health deteriorated, Juma fled the house,” added Malimi.
Neighbours said they heard Bahati calling for help in the afternoon of January 14. They broke down the door and found he had been brutally attacked. The residents, thereafter, alerted the village leadership.
“Bahati died at 6pm on January 14, when he was being taken to hospital. We managed to arrest the suspect through the help of locals,” said Malimi.
Police say once investigations are concluded, they will charge Juma with murder.