By Kudakwashe Vhenge
A horrendous incident that allegedly resulted in a toddler “losing life” yesterday in Harare while a police officer was assaulting a woman is a fallacy, Police have claimed.
In a statement, Zimbabwe Republic Police have denied claims that a toddler died on Monday after a mother was attacked by an overzealous officer.
Social media claims had reported that on Monday, a police officer patrolling Second Street, near Bindura bound commuter rank in Harare allegedly struck the toddler who was strapped to his mother’s back with his truncheon.
The baby who is reported to be 9-months-old was said to have died instantly, following injuries sustained in the attack.
A video went viral on social media showing the grieving mother holding the dead baby in one hand while pulling the seemingly terrified police officer in the other.
Members of the public appeared to be effecting a citizen’s arrest on the overzealous police officer.
But fresh police reports suggest that after an investigation was made on the matter, these reports were untrue.
The police claim that an officer enforcing traffic duties at that area struck a kombi and fragments of the windscreen hit both the baby and the mother.
The incident resulted in members of the public attacking a police officer accusing him of hurting the child.
The police then took the mother and her child to West End clinic where medical checks revealed that they were both fine and there were no injuries sustained.
The child is still alive and kicking, Police claims.