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Stepmother From Hell Scalds Nine-Year-Old With Cooking Oil, Denies Him Medical Attention


Stepmother From Hell Scalds Nine-Year-Old With Cooking Oil, Denies Him Medical Attention

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An abusive Gokwe woman has been arrested after she allegedly scalded her 9-year-old stepson with cooking oil as punishment for stealing maize. The stepmother then denied the minor medical treatment and blocked him from going to school, because she feared that the abuse would be discovered.

Online publication ZimLive reports that 29-year-old Progress Mushonga, from Murairwa Village under Chief Chireya, committed the horrific abuse after her stepson stole some maize.

The minor stole an unknown quantity of maize grain which he then used in barter trade to get some Jolly Jus, a powdered cool drink. Mushonga confronted the minor over the issue and he confessed and apologised.

After the confession, the angry stepmother heated some cooking oil and dipped the boy’s fingers into the boiling oil.

The incident was confirmed by Midlands Provincial police spokesperson Emmanuel Mahoko who told the publication,

“It is alleged the complainant admitted to the accusations and stated that he had exchanged the maize grain for jolly juice and apologized. This did not go down well with the suspect who hurled insults at the juvenile.

“It is further alleged that she went on to boil cooking oil in a pan and dipped the juvenile’s fingers into the boiling cooking oil. The suspect denied the complainant health care to treat the burns despite the fact that he had suffered severe injuries. She further did not allow him to go to school to allow the wounds to heal first.”

However, as luck would have it, a member of the community learned of the horrific abuse by the stepmother and anonymously informed the police. Following the tipoff, the police raided Mushonga’s home and apprehended her.

The minor was taken to Gokwe Provincial Hospital for the treatment of his burns. The police issued a strong caution to guardians of young children who ill-treat and abuse the minors.

“guardians of young children to treat them with the utmost care, the same way they would do their own children. Any ill-treatment of young children, if detected, attracts serious consequences as prescribed by the law.”

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