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Woman arrested for burning daughter with hot knife

05 August 2014, 16:05 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A 37-year-old woman is being held at Nyeri Police Station for allegedly burning her daughter using a hot knife.

The woman burnt the 14-year-old girl’s hands and face after she found KES 200 in her school bag.

The young girl is recuperating at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital where she was taken by volunteers including Thunguma Chief, Christopher Kariuki Wanjohi.

The class-six-girl at a private primary school in Skuta Estate within Thuguma sub-location in Nyeri County is said to have been burnt on Thursday last week at around 9.30 pm.

Speaking to the press at the police station where she was taken by members of the community and  village elders to record a statement and obtain P3 form, the girl claimed that the mother has been issuing death threats against her and her younger sister.

“My foster father came to our bedroom that night. After perusing our school bags he found KES 200 shilling in my bag and KES 140 in my younger sister’s bag,” she painfully narrated.

A resident, Louis Ndirangu said the man who previously worked as a taxi driver before getting a job at a local supermarket informed the mother who immediately rushed for a knife.

“She put the knife on fire in the jiko she was using to prepare the family supper and started pressing it against the young girl's face and hands, swearing to teach her a lesson of her life,” Ndirangu added.

Ndirangu said the girls started screaming due to the severe pain occasioned by the hot knife and attracted neighbours’ attention who went for their rescue.

Surprisingly, one of the neighbors only identified as Mama Morgan cheered the mother on and even gagged the minor to prevent her from screaming.

While confirming the incident, area deputy OCPD George Madolio said the women will soon be taken to court to answer to charges of child abuse.

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