Police in Malawi’s northern district of Mzimba have mounted a hunt for a 31-year -old woman identified as Mary Moyo who is alleged to have killed her six-months-old baby by dumping him together with his four brothers in a deep well to die there.
Mzimba Police Public Relations Officer, Constable Gabriel Chiwona says the woman, forced all her five children to drink a pesticide known as sorighnum before she pushed them into the deep well.
He says the six months old baby boy drowned while his four elder brothers managed to come out of the water on their own and rushed to the village to inform the elders.
“Villagers rushed to the scene but it was too late to serve the baby who was dead by the time,” added Chiwona.
Meanwhile, the four survivors aged between 4 and 14 have been admitted at Mzimba district hospital but are said to be in critical condition.
Both the suspect and the victims hails from Simeon Mvula Village, Traditional authority M’mbelwa in Mzimba district.
Cases of this nature are rampant in Mzimba despite several interventions from the police that aim at raising awareness on the dangers of such malpractice.
“We have been conducting sensitization meetings as one way of reducing cases of sudden death and murder but the statistics are shocking”, said Chiwona.
Mzimba district has been grappling with cases of murder and sudden death and many of these cases have been registered in the area of Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa.