Rustenburg - A 30-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly poisoning of her year-old baby, North West police said on Friday.

Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani said the woman was arrested on Tuesday for murder.

"According to the information available to the police at this stage, it appears that the mother was who struggling financially to take care of her baby, gave her a poison commonly known as 'galepirimi'," said Funani. "Upon realising that the baby was motionless, she allegedly called her mother."

Funani said the baby, accompanied by her grandmother, was rushed to a local hospital, where she was declared dead. 

She said the  police were called after the mother allegedly confessed to poisoning her baby. 

The mother was arrested and she appeared in the the Zeerust Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. 

Her case was postponed to March 1. The accused was remanded in custody.

African News Agency/ANA