A 25-year old Dangamvura woman allegedly stabbed her 9-month old niece and shockingly sucked blood from the corpse in a baffling incident.
The suspect, Natasha Muchenje, is said to have committed the crime on the 10th of November at number 5274 Dangamvura Area 3.
Residents quickly attributed the case to Satanism.
Manicaland police spokesman, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the case and said Natasha Mukwenje has since been arrested on murder charges.
“The suspect is currently detained at Dangamvura Police Station and she will be taken to court soon. She is facing murder charges. Investigations are in progress to ascertain what actually took place,” said Inspector Kakohwa.
Mukwenje is alleged to have been left in the custody of the child by her sister Charlotte Vongai Muromba (22) who is the child’s mother.
Muromba had gone to search for water and when she came back she was greeted by the gory sight of her child’s lifeless body being held by her sister.
The suspect allegedly refused to hand over the body of the child to the mother.
Muromba then rushed outside screaming and shouting for help.
Neighbours immediately came to the rescue.
When The Manica Post visited the crime scene, witnesses said the suspect – who still had the murder weapon – refused to let go of the child. She only later handed over the child after a prophet was called in to offer prayers.
Neighbours said that Muchenje had always been exhibiting peculiar behaviour.