Woman burns own son over money, arrested

Twenty-seven year-old, Margaret Kazembe, is in police custody for allegedly burning her ten-year-old son’s hands on suspicion that he stole money from the house.

Nsanje police spokesman Samson Balakasi confirmed that the law enforcers are keeping in custody the woman after the father of the victim complained.

Balakasi said the mother allegedly “immersed her son’s hands in boiled water after realizing that he had stolen K600 which she reserved to buy maize for the family.”

Doctor treats a burnt hand

Police spokesman said the child had been kept indoors since Monday June 11, the day the incident happened until Thursday when the father realized that the wounds were getting worse.

“Upon being interrogated the mother alleged that the child confessed taking the money and gave back K400 to her mother after using the other amount,” said the Balakasi.

He explained that they referred the standard three pupil to Sorgin Health Centre for treatment.

Police spokesman said Kazembe will soon appear before the Bangula Second Grade Magistrate Court to answer the charge of being involved in act intended to cause grievous harm.

Kazembe, a mother of five children with the victim being the first born, hails from Khembo Village, Traditional Authority Mbenje in Nsanje.

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