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Madibeng - A 33-year-old man who allegedly killed his two-year-old daughter handed himself over to police on Monday, Limpopo police said.

“It is alleged the suspect went to his 23-year-old girlfriend's house at Madibeng village in Bolobedu on Sunday night, (and) an argument allegedly ensued between him and his girlfriend's 42-year-old father,” said police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He said the man took out a knife and allegedly stabbed his girlfriend and her father several times.

“The two fled the scene with stab wounds, leaving the two-year-old in the house, the suspect then vented his anger on his daughter by allegedly crashing her against the wall before setting the house alight with the little girl inside,” said Mulaudzi.

He said the girl suffered serious burn wounds and was pronounced dead on arrival at Ga-Kgapane Hospital.

Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Fannie Masemola said the trend of people venting their anger on innocent children had to end.

“This disturbing trend of people venting their anger on innocent children has to end, this is the third child we have lost in two weeks,” said Masemola.

He said he would have used all the resources at his disposal to arrest the man, if he had not handed himself over to police.

The two adults who were stabbed were taken to hospital and are recovering.

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