The Niger State Child Rights Agency has arrested a 30-year-old woman, Juliet Moses, for allegedly burning her 3-year-old son’s hands with hot charcoal.
When asked why she burnt his hand, Juliet explained that her son went to steal from her neighbor’s pot and she burnt his hands to teach him a lesson. She said;
“My neighbour told me my son entered into her house and stole food from her pot and when I asked him, he refused to tell me the truth, so I put hot charcoals on his hands, I did not know it would burn his hands like that.
I think I am just teaching him a lesson because that is the way they start. From small stealing, they would grow into big time stealing. I felt when I punish him like that, he will not do so again. This is the first time I burnt his hands like that.”
“The wound on his head was as a result of him falling down when I pushed him. Also the iron mark on my daughter’s back, I was not the one who did that to her. My neighbors brought me her because they felt I am maltreating my children. ”
The Director-General, Mariam Kolo, said the woman should be taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further investigation.