The little girl, found rape and abandoned at an old industrial site in Thaba Nchu, was apparently attacked by three teenagers aged between 15 and 18.
Police said it is alleged that the victim was raped before the suspects stabbed her several times all over her little body. Police could not confirm the number of times the victim was stabbed.
According to the information given to police, it is alleged that on Sunday a woman residing in Sakanyoka township left the three year old with an older sibling when she went to a tavern.
“It is alleged that three suspects came in the house and took the victim to an old industrial area in Thaba Nchu, where they started to exchange raping her, before they stabbed her several wounds and left her, thinking that she was dead,” said police spokesperson, Consolation Mokoale.
“At about 10:00 in the morning a community member heard a child crying from the building and went to investigate. She found the girl in a pool of blood,” said Mokoale in a statement on Tuesday.
She said police and paramedics were called and the girl was found alive but in a critical condition.
“She was taken to Pelonomi medi-clinic for treatment. Police received a tip off and three suspects aged between 15 and 18 were arrested for kidnapping, attempted murder and rape,” Mokoale said.
They will appear before Selosesha Magistrate Court on Wednesday.