MUTARE - A two-year-old toddler was burnt to death after her six-year and seven-year-old brothers torched a thatched hut while the baby was inside.
The now diseased baby was identified as Zelma Mudyariwa of Mutsiyabako village under Chief Zimunya.
Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa said the minor sustained severe burns on face and stomach.
He said Zelma's mother Edith Kapfumvuti went to the garden leaving the minor in the company of her brothers aged six and seven.
The two children then took a burning log from the fire place and lit the thatched house while the diceased was inside before running away.
The children heard Zelma crying and one of them ran and rescued her but it was too late as she had sustained some severe burns on face and stomach.
The toddler's father Pfungwa Mudyariwa rushed her to Mutambara Mission Hospital where she succumbed to burns the following morning.
Inspector Kakohwa urged parents and guardians to leave their children in custody of mature people to avoid unnecessary loss of life.local