Johannesburg – Authorities and neighbours are still baffled about what could have driven a mother to hurl her toddler son off a Joburg building.
Moments after she allegedly propelled the boy five floors from the ground, she then committed suicide by jumping from the San Martin apartment block in Hillbrow this weekend.
Police spokesman Captain Richard Munyai said that both the child and his mother were confirmed dead at the scene.
One of the neighbours who didn’t want to be named told reporters that he knew the woman and her family well and that he was struggling to understand what drove her to such extreme behaviour.
“The woman lived in the building with her husband, the boy and another teenage child,” he said.
“They were always quiet and I never heard them fight before.”
But on Sunday night, the neighbour said a child’s scream suddenly shattered “the quietness at the house”.
“When I looked outside, I saw the child lying on the ground and about five minutes later the mother jumped from the same building.”
Just five months ago, another youngster sustained critical injuries at the hands of his parent when he was stabbed to death and then also thrown from a Hillbrow building.
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