A 12 months old baby was among the six children who on Monday died in Mashonaland East’s Muriwo Village under Chief Neshwangwe when a baptism ceremony ended in tragedy.

Police Wednesday confirmed the death of two boys and four girls during a baptism ceremony in Mutorahuku stream in the early hours of Monday.

According to the police, Maud Dzuke and Jane Ruvinga, both of whom took the six for baptism, have since been arrested in connection with the deaths.

It is believed that the ceremony was organised by an as yet unnamed selfstyled local prophetess. Police spokesperson, Charity Charamba, said two other children were admitted at Sadza hospital and were in a serious condition.

The deceased have been confirmed as Tafadzwa Dzukwe, Tinotenda Dzukwe, Emmanuel Dzukwe, Shamiso Pfumidza, Blessed Muvadi and Patience Pfumidza. It was not clear when both Mau and Ruvinga were going to appear in court facing charges of culpable homicide.