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House help poisons employer's children

04 May 2015, 15:59 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Police in Uganda's town of Entebbe are hunting for a house help who reportedly poisoned three children belonging to her employer following a misunderstanding.

Entebbe police detective, Alice Awali, identified the maid as Beatrice Apio.

Apio said, ''We are hunting for a housemaid who gave poison to three children belonging to her boss. They had quarreled at night and when she left for work in the morning, she put poison in porridge and gave it to the children.''

Awali said the three children are aged 7, 4 and 1. The one-year-old boy died a few minutes after taking the porridge.

According to one of the neighbors, Hellen Mbayo, she saw Apio moving hurriedly with a bag towards the taxi park. After about an hour, she went to the house were Apio worked out of curiosity only to find one child already dead and the other two in critical condition.

''I sounded an alarm and neighbors responded. We carried the children to Entebbe hospital where they are being treated.

Police have launched a hunt for Apio who hails from northern Uganda. They also warned parents to be careful when employing house helps.

Towards the end of last year, a maid was sentenced to a five years imprisonment after torturing a two-year-old baby not knowing that the parents had installed a CCTV camera in the house which was replayed as evidence that incriminated her.

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