A woman crushes her children with a rock after misinterpreting Psalm 137 vs 9
Mary Rukobo, a 24-year-old Zimbabwean woman, was arrested for hitting her children, aged 2 months and 2 years, respectively by the legs and bashing their heads against rocks.
Eyewitnesses stated that she misunderstood Psalms, 137 verse 9, after reading it in isolation rather than reading the whole chapter in context. The scripture says: “Happy is he who seizes and slays your infants/ and throws them against the rock.”
The two-month-old baby died on the spot while her sibling is battling for life in a hospital. When interrogated, Mary claimed she heard a “divine voice” instructing her to carry out the act.
Confirming her arrest, the police said in a statement;
“Police in Muzokomba have arrested Mary Rukobo (24) in connection with a case of murder which occurred on 19 January 2023 at Mashangana Village, Buhera.
“The suspect allegedly confessed to some villagers that she crashed the heads of her two kids against a rock several times during a prayer session after hearing a voice ordering her to kill them.
“One of the kids, Calvin Maputsa (2 months) sustained head injuries and died on the spot, while another kid (2) sustained a swollen head and was admitted at Murambinda Mission Hospital”