The man who left a chilling Facebook post on the day his baby was found dead has been apprehended.

The father of the six-month-old baby who was found dead in Honeydew, Johannesburg, at the weekend, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon.

Marthinus Pelser, 22, was apprehended in the Strubens Valley area, Roodepoort Northsider reported. Honeydew Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs confirmed the arrest. 


Pelser had been on the run from police since the evening of 11 June when he disappeared after his baby boy, Deon, was found dead in his cot. After returning from work, the mother of the baby found the infant dead, with burn wounds and a fractured skull.

Pelser had made off with her vehicle, a copper-coloured Kia Picanto with registration number TRX 167 GP, without any explanation about what had happened in the house in her absence.

Nicolene Rocher saw a man running from the vehicle and alerted the police and the Record. Early reports suggested that Pelser might be on his way to Botswana. Although a rumour, Jacobs said police were taking the rumour seriously, and had circulated the information.

She also confirmed that Pelser has family in Swartruggens and in Rustenburg. Pelser made headlines after he wrote a Facebook post that had an eerie, ominous undertone. His post on Friday read “Never push a man to violence, who has been waiting for an excuse to use it”. The post was accompanied by a picture of a creature with a demonic appearance.

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