Crime

Father arrested after poisoning 2-year-old child

Kiira region police spokesperson ASP James Mubi identified the suspect as Mukungu Jonah Emmanuel, 26, a resident of Kambede village, Kakira town council in Jinja district, and police identified the deceased as Kaluse Emmanuel, 2.

Kiira region police spokesperson ASP James Mubi confirmed the incident

JINJA, UGANDA: Police in Jinja district have started investigations into the murder by poisoning in which a father killed his two-year-old son before attempting to commit suicide by taking poison. The incident happened on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Kambede village in Jinja district.

Kiira region police spokesperson ASP James Mubi identified the suspect as Mukungu Jonah Emmanuel, 26, a resident of Kambede village, Kakira town council in Jinja district, and police identified the deceased as Kaluse Emmanuel, 2.

“He attempted to commit suicide by taking in poison but we reached the village and the child was no more. We found the suspect struggling for his life and took him to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital where he is receiving treatment,” ASP Mubi said before confirming that the suspect’s house was smelling poison by the time police visited the scene.

Mubi said they have kicked off with investigations to ascertain the cause of the heartless incident and samples from the deceased’s body were taken to the government analytical laboratory in Wandegeya, Kampala to come up with a comprehensive report which will be documented on the case file.

“Samples from the body were taken to the government analytical laboratory in Kampala for scientists to clearly ascertain and produce a report about the incident and we shall attach the report to the case file,” he said, before warning people to avoid involving in acts of lawlessness citing that security will not be compromised in handling them with an iron hand.

“These acts must stop and we should draw nearer to God and fight acts of lawlessness in our society. Things like murder, stealing, jealousy, adultery, etc can be avoided if we obey the existing laws and turn to the almighty God,” Mubi warned.

He also urged local leaders from LC 1 chairpersons to be responsible and identify problems affecting their people as well as guiding and counselling them.

Meanwhile, police in Kiira are planning to tour families of people using their Department of Family and Child Protection unit to establish the conditions stimulating bad incidents in homes.

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