A 17-year-old mother and her 30-year-old boyfriend are expected to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Wednesday on charges of rape and murder.

They were arrested after the teenage mother’s two-year-old baby succumbed to injuries sustained during an alleged rape in Diepkloof, Soweto.

The mother allegedly failed to report the incident for days and only did so after a medical practitioner, who had examined the child, alerted the police.

Police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says the child was taken to nearby Baragwanath Hospital for medical attention.

“During the preliminary investigation, police were able to establish that on Sunday 15 November 2020, the mother of the deceased toddler had left her two-year-old daughter in the care of her boyfriend for about two hours. On her return around 20h30, she allegedly found the boyfriend not around and the child was asleep. She went to sleep not wanting to disturb the child. According to the complainant, she woke up in the middle of the night to check on the child only to find the child with serious injuries to her face. She took the child to nearby Baragwanath Hospital for medical attention. The outcome of the medical examination found that the child had been raped and that is when the doctor called the police.”