A woman has been arrested and arraigned in a Magistrates Court in Calabar on Monday, November 28, for allegedly bathing her 10-year-old house help with boiling water.
The accused identified as Ms Uduak reportedly carried out the dastardly act on Thursday, November 24 at about 5:30 am, Cross River Watch reports.
The 29-year-old reportedly poured boiling water on the victim, Daniel Okon Nse, causing severe burns and injuries to child’s face and arm. The accused claimed to have been trying to wake the child from sleep.
A neighbour of the accused, Mr Emmanuel Agan reportedly noticed the injuries on the child on Friday, November 25, and immediately reported the case to the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative, a front line child rights organisation in Calabar.
The organisation, in turn, reported the case to the police who immediately arrested Ms Uduak. Daniel who is from Uruan in Akwa Ibom State revealed that his father is late and that he was a student of PCN Primary School, Akim, Calabar up until last September, when he was asked to repeat primary 3.
The victim’s mother revealed to be a crayfish seller, reportedly gave him out to live as house boy to one Madam Ime.
Cross River Watch reports that Madam Ime is a food vendor located at No. 7C, Etta Agbor Road, Calabar.
On the fateful day of the shocking incident, Nse was not waking up to wash the dishes which angered the accused who is Madam Ime’s eldest daughter, causing her to pour boiling water on him.
According to the reports, the Basic Rights Counsel Initiative provided medical care to Nse and have written to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Social Welfare seeking temporary accommodation for the Nse,
The Ministry responded promptly and has placed the child in a government facility where he will be cared for pending the location of his biological parents/relatives.
The Magistrate presiding over the case turned down Ms Uduak’s bail application before remanding her in the Afokang prison until the next hearing on Sunday, December 9, 2016.
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