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Mom finds baby dead after partying; neighbors say rats bit her to death

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Posted at 6:51 PM, Dec 20, 2016
and last updated 2017-02-01 12:08:56-05

A 26-year-old woman is in custody after returning home from a night of partying to find her 3-month-old daughter eaten by a group of large rats in Johannesburg, South Africa last weekend, according to The Sun.

Noluthando Mtshali, whose family rented out a home to the mother, told The Sun that the woman frequently went partying. 

“She came back in the early hours of the morning with a new boyfriend and they tried to break into the shack since she had lost the key and they found the baby girl dead," she told the paper. “They were claiming that the child was burnt.”

A neighbor said that only remnants remained of the infant's body. 

Local police spokesperson Captain Mega Ndobe confirmed the arrest of the woman to The Sun.

“The mother has been arrested and is facing charges of child negligence and the case will be heard in court next year," Ndobe said. 

The infant's twin brother is now in the care of the their father.