Police in Tanzania have today arrested a woman who burnt her child with hot water after accusing the child of stealing and eating food meant for the family.
Mwamba Thomas (36) who hails from Bariadi District was arrested on suspicion of burning his four-year-old son with hot water after she accused him of stealing and eating food while she was away for a walk.
Confirming the shocking incident, the Acting Simiyu Regional Police Commander, Shadrack Masija said the woman was arrested today but the criminal act happened on April 22, 2022.
A woman getting arrested in the past in Kenya/Courtesy
He noted that the child was burnt with hot water on both hands and is currently admitted to Bariadi District Hospital for treatment.
"The reason why the woman burnt the child is that the child had stolen and eaten food which she had prepared for lunch, then the mother took the initiative to burn him with hot water which caused serious injuries to the child," said the officer after a loose translation from Swahili.
Nation's sister newspaper Mwanachi reports that the child, only identified as Hindia, told the media that he ate the food with his younger brother when their mother left home, adding that their angry mother burnt him when she returned home.
"She beat me up and then lit a fire, boiled water and put both of my hands in the pot of boiling," said Hindia.
Police will be presenting the woman in court after completing investigations.
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