A 12-year-old boy from Limamu Village, Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Chiunda, Mangochi District, has been admitted to Mangochi District Hospital for burnt wounds after he was allegedly scalded for stealing lumps of nsima.
The suspect, who is in custody at Mangochi Police Station, is identified as 36-year-old Mary Muhasuwa also from Limamu Village.
Mangochi Police spokesperson, Roderick Maida, said the boy allegedly entered into a kitchen of the suspect where he stole a piece of nsima and K1,600.
“After being caught, the suspect tied the boy’s hands and placed them in hot cooking oil,” Maida said.
“We are monitoring the situation of the boy and we will come up with proper charges for the woman when the condition of the boy improves,” Maida said.
The woman will remain in custody until the police finish investigations into the matter, he said.
But in an interview at his hospital bed, the boy who was visibly in pain, denied to have stolen money from Mahasuwa’s house.
“I was hungry and there was no food at our home, so I went there and ate the nsima which was kept in the kitchen. The woman found me while I was eating the nsima inside the kitchen,” he said.
Last month, police at Ndirande Township, Blantyre, arrested a 30-year-old woman for burning her five-year-old son’s hands with a hot knife for allegedly eating relish on Christmas Day at an area called Malaysia in the township.
Ndirande Police spokesperson, Edna Mzingwitsa, identified the suspect as Ida Chagunda originally from Nsikija Village, Traditional Authority Nkanda, Mulanje District.
In February 2019, a nine-year-old boy was admitted to St John’s Hospital in Mzuzu after his aunt allegedly burnt his legs with a charcoal burner because he reported home late from a video showroom where he went to watch a football match on Saturday.