A 25-year-old man has been arrested for biting and chewing his four-month-old baby boy.

He allegedly attacked the boy after he told the mother of the child that his teeth were itching.

“He said he wanted something to chew on,” the mother said.

The woman said her lover, the father of the child, acted strangely when they came back from a marathon session at church at about 10pm on Sunday night.3864094195

“I gave the baby his formula, but my boyfriend grabbed it from him.

“He said I shouldn’t make his child enjoy things of the world,” she said.

“When I looked at him, his eyes turned red. He squeezed the baby to his chest until it started screaming.”

The terrified woman, fearing the man’s abusive behaviour, locked herself in her mother’s bedroom –  but he hit the door with his fist and she was forced to come out.

“That was when I found him biting the child,” she said.

The woman ran outside and phoned her mother in Kuruman, North West, and told her to call the police.

Then her boyfriend came out of the house and started choking her.

She ended up running down the street wearing only panties, until she was rescued by a neighbour.

According to the mother of the baby, on that morning they went to church at Rabboni Centre Ministries in Zone 2, Ga-Rankuwa, where they were urged to eat grass.

“I suspect my boyfriend was possessed by demons,” she said.

The child was rushed to Odi Hospital and later transferred to Dr George Mukhari Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa.

The grandmother of the baby said she doesn’t want to see the man again.

The baby underwent an operation yesterday to reconstruct his left hand.

The man appeared briefly in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates Court and his case was postponed until next Tuesday for a formal bail application.

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