Probe into Cape babies' deaths

Two young cousins died after allegedly ingesting a poisonous substance.

Two young cousins died after allegedly ingesting a poisonous substance.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town police said on Monday that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of two Delft babies who allegedly ingested poison.

The cousins, both aged one were taken to the Delft Hospital on Saturday after they started convulsing and foaming at the mouth soon after eating porridge prepared by the one child's mother.

She indicated that she had borrowed salt from a neighbour to make the porridge.

Police spokesperson, Andre Traut told Eyewitness News that they were awaiting tests to determine the cause of death.

"An inquest case docket has been registered to look at the circumstances. We have reason to believe that the two babies were administered a poisonous substance with their breakfast."

Post-mortems were being conducted on Monday. The Western Cape Health department said the results would be released to the families and police once they were available.