KwaZulu-Natal police have confirmed an inquest docket has been opened after a 3-year-old boy was found dead in a hole in uMhlumayo, Ladysmith.

According to Captain Nqobile Gwala, KZN police spokesperson  it is alleged the hole was dug for fencing.

He said “The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated and an inquest docket was opened at Ezakheni police station”.

Northern Natal News reported the boy had been missing since Monday.

The report said the family and members of community went on a search for the child which ended at 10pm that night, the report said.

When the search resumed on Tuesday morning, the child was spotted at the edge of the yard where the family is believed to be living.

In a separate incident, a Kimberley toddler was found dead in an abandoned car in June.

The boy reportedly died from the cold.