Police in Balaka district are keeping in custody a 25-year-old man for allegedly killing his child.
Confirming the incident, Balaka police Public Relations Officer Constable Gerald Sumairi identified the suspect as Segene Petro of Chitala village in the area of tradition authority Nkaya in the district.
Sumairi said Petro killed his one-and half years daughter by cutting her head while she was asleep.
“On Tuesday (21st June, 2016) the suspect killed his daughter inside the house while the mother was outside doing some domestic chores. After the mother realized the killing she went to police and report the matter and we have arrested the suspect,” said Sumairi.
Postmortem at Balaka District Hospital shows that the baby died due to blood loss.
“So far we have not established any cause of the act; we are still investigating but the suspect is believed to be mentally ill some time back,” added Sumairi.