Police, (UG): The territorial police in Bukedi Region and Police District are holding a mother over charges related to child torture after burning her seven-year-old daughter she accused of allegedly stealing vegetables and millet bread.
The suspect identified as Ms Christine Amoding, a resident of Odwarata parish in the Olok sub-county of Pallisa District reportedly burnt her daughter as a way of disciplining her for stealing the food she had kept for her husband, identified as William Agama (not the biological father of the girl.)
According to preliminary findings, it is suspected that after burning the child, Ms Amoding took her to Olok Health Centre III, but upon reaching the facility, she failed to explain what happened to the girl’s open wounds on her hands and fingers.
“she had covered the wounds with local herbs however, the wounds were producing pus which indicated that the incident happened a few days ago,” said one of the nurses at the health facility.
After failing to explain to the medical workers, the nurse called the sub-county LC3 Chairperson, Mr Paul Omurwani, who told the nurses that the child had been subjected to severe burn injuries.
Mr Omurwani then insisted on questioning the woman and that’s when Ms Amoding confessed the truth. “This was quite an unfortunate incident that a mother of a sound mind could inflict such actions on her child. This is uncalled for and unaccepted,” Mr Omurwani said
As a result, the mother was arrested and is currently being held at Pallisa Central Police Station. He urged parents not to abuse their children domestically. The police are yet to release a statement on the matter.
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