|A giant rat in South Africa, much like the ones which are thought to have killed the three-month-old infant at the weekend|
A three-month-old baby girl has been eaten alive by giant rats after her mother left her at home alone to go partying.
The child was devoured by rodents as she lay on a bed – and neighbours have called for her mother to ‘rot in jail’.
Her 26-year-old mother, who has been arrested for child neglect, returned home to discover the horrific scene in the township area of Katlehong in Johannesburg.
Thankfully the girl’s twin brother, named Lucky, was spared a similar painful death, as he was taken out with his parent on the all-night drinking binge.
Describing the horror scene, a neighbour said: ‘The baby could only have died a painful death. The infant’s tongue, eyes and fingers had all been eaten.
‘Besides the missing body parts, the remains of her body had bites and wounds all over that were inflicted by the sharp teeth of the rats. This woman must rot in jail.
‘She does not deserve to be a mother.’
Noluthando Mtshali, daughter of the mother’s landlady, said: ‘The only thing this woman likes is going out partying in the local shebeens.
‘She came back in the early hours of the morning with a new boyfriend and they tried to break into the shack since she had lost the key and they found the baby girl dead.
Captain Mega Ndobe, from Katlehong police confirmed that the mother had been arrested, and said she had apparently gone drinking.
She said: ‘I can confirm the little girl died after being eaten by rats. The mother has been arrested and is facing charges of child negligence and the case will be heard in court next year.’
It is not the first time children have been eaten by rats in South African townships.
In 2011 Lunathi Dwadwa, three, was killed and eaten in a shack outside Cape Town in 2011 as she slept on the floor beside her parents.
When her mother discovered her lifeless body, she saw that her daughter’s eyes had been gouged out.
|In 2011 Lunathi Dwadwa, three, was killed and eaten in a shack outside Cape Town in 2011 as she slept on the floor beside her parents|
Bukiswa Dwadwa, 27, said: ‘I can’t forget how ugly my child looked after her eyes were ripped out.
‘She was eaten from her eyebrows to her cheeks, her other eye was hanging by a piece of flesh.’
Her father Mncedisi Mokoena said police told him: ‘Nothing could have done that but rats.’
The same year another infant was eaten alive in a shack in Soweto while her mum was out with friends.
The month before grandmother Nomathemba Joyi, 77, died when giant rats chewed off her face as she slept.