Wimbainashe Zhakata Post Reporter
VILLAGERS in Mutasa were left shell shocked after a 22-year-old woman poisoned her two infant daughters, killing one while the other is battling for life in hospital.
The incident happened last week in Samusodza Village.
Rachel Katsuwa was subsequently arrested and she appeared in court last Friday facing murder and attempted murder charges.
After poisoning her children she attempted to commit suicide by drinking the same but alert villagers came to the rescue and rushed her to hospital where she received treatment.
Katsuwa appeared before Mr Innocent Bepura who advised her to apply for bail at the High Court.
She was charged for violating Section 47(1)(a)(b) or Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23 and also contravening Section 189 Section 47(1) (a)(b).
Public prosecutor, Mr Shepherd Chawarika, told the court that the crime was committed on June 13.
“Allegations are that on the day in question at around 8pm, the suspect locked herself with her two children in the bedroom. One was aged two years six months and the other was three months old.
“The accused person first gave an unknown pesticide to her two year old baby and she died on admission at Bonda Mission Hospital. She later poisoned her three months old baby. The baby was taken to the same hospital where she is receiving treatment,” said Mr Chawarika.
He told the court after poisoning her children, the suspect consumed the same poison in a bid to commit suicide.
She was quickly rushed to the hospital and got treatment early.