A 24-year-old Limpopo woman has been arrested by the Giyani police after she allegedly gave her baby poisoned tea at Siyandani village.
The three-year-old baby boy died on the spot after he had allegedly drunk the tea given to him on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson Inspector Thomas Makhubele said this was the second time that the woman had done this to her baby.
He said on January 27, the woman gave her son tea mixed with a poisonous substance in an attempt to kill him.
However, the boy survived after a family member noticed this and rushed him to hospital.
This week, the boy did not survive as there was no one to rush him to hospital.
Makhubele said it was not yet known what kind of poison the woman had used in the tea, but said police investigations were continuing.
Makhubele said the police became aware of the previous attempt to poison the child after the woman confessed following her arrest.
Makhubele urged members of the community to remain calm and leave investigations in the hands of the police.
According to Makhubele, the police have not yet established the woman's motive to kill her baby boy.
The woman is expected to appear in the Giyani magistrate's court soon to face a charge of murder.
"We appeal to people to consult professionals like psychologists and social workers if they experience domestic problems to avoid loss of lives," Makhubele said.
Meanwhile, the woman's neighbours in the village were shocked by her action, which they condemned as "barbaric".
"She should have taken the boy to social workers for adoption if she found it difficult to support him," said Mariah Mashele, an angry resident.