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NHLANGANO- Police are investigating the poisoning of four children that has resulted in the death of an 18-month-old baby.

The gruesome incident, which has left residents tongue tied and baying for the motherís blood, happened about two weeks ago at Magubheleni area under Gege constituency.

The four children were rushed to a local clinic after they complained of disc-omfort in their stomachs as well as severe abdominal pain. They were transferred to Mankayane Government Hospital where they were treated and later discharged. The 18-month-old baby, however, succumbed to death and was buried last weekend.

Residents are growing frustrated that no one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

They allege that the mother of the baby may have been behind the incident, claiming that she fed the children six weevil tablets.

The name of the mother will not be revealed as she has not been charged with any crime but was only questioned by the police.

The mother stayed with her child at her parental homestead as it is alleged she was dumped by her boyfriend in the early stages of her pregnancy.

Both parents were not present at the homestead when the incident occurred.

Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Vusi Masuku said active inves-tigations into the matter were ongoing.

"It was suspected that there was foul play in the incident and a post mortem was conducted on the baby. The samples were then taken for forensic analysis and we are awaiting results.

The three other children were treated and discharged," he said.

The mother of the child is estimated to be aged about 17 or 18 years old.

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