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Teen hospitalised after assault by mom

24 January 2014, 13:21 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A 16-year-old boy is recuperating at Karatina District Hospital after he was allegedly assaulted by his mother.

The Form-2 student at Kiaritha-ini Secondary School in Mathira has been in the hospital for 13 days now.

The two are said to have started a quarrel after he allegedly asked to be transferred to another school school.

According to the Doctor in charge of the hospital, Dr. David Ndegwa the boy was admitted with superficial burns on the lower part of the abdomen that touched his genitals, the lower part his legs and hands.

The doctor said the boy could be discharged soon since he is recovering well, noting that he was in great pain when he was admitted.

“The boy had incurred 14 percent burns which is rather serious, but he might not require further treatment after he is released from the hospital,” Dr. Ndegwa said.

While lying on the hospital bed, the boy narrated how his mother doused him with kerosene and then lit a piece of paper which he threw unto him.

He said that he had explained to his mother that he was not willing to go back to the school after a teacher he declined to name harassed him.

“She ignored my appeal and forced me to report back to the same school during the opening day, telling me that she had already paid fees for the term,” said the young boy in pain.

He further alleged that his mother also burnt all the clothes she had ever bought him, including the pair of trousers he was wearing that day.

A teacher at Kiaritha-ini Secondary School who sought anonymity described the boy as one who is fairly disciplined, adding that he was shocked by the mother's behaviour.

While admitting to the assault claims, the mother said that she took the move because she was angered by the boy's demands.

The mother, who was giving her comments on phone, said she was not ready to speak much about the situation as she was undergoing treatment at a Nairobi hospital.

She however said that she was equally feeling guilty of assaulting her only son, and that they are committed to solve the matter at family level.

“We have already reconciled and I have assured him of my support for as long as he is under my care,” she said.

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