The Liberia National Police Bong County Detachment has charged 27 year old Edith Paye with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly burning her nine year old daughter’s hand. The incident occurred in in the Lelekpayea Community in Gbarnga.
According to the police charge sheet, on Thursday September 8, defendant Paye was arrested by the detachment’s Women and Children Protection Section (WCPS) based on a complaint of the alleged crime filed by some members of the Lelekpayea Community.
The victim, Mercy Paye, told Lelekpayea Community leaders that her mother placed her right hand in hot burning oil because Mercy was persistently stealing meat or fish from her friends’ rice.
According to Hawa Kromah, the Deputy Commander of the WCPS, Edith Paye admitted to the commission of the crime, explaining that her daughter also stole L$200 from a neighbor.
Commander Kromah told the Daily Observer that Edith, a mother of two, said she carried out the punishment against her daughter to stop her from stealing.
Edith was meanwhile sent to court on Tuesday, September 13, for prosecution.
Police quoted Edith as reciting a biblical verse from Zechariah 5:3-4: “The curse of the Lord is in the house of the thief”, adding, she (Edith) does not want her children to be cursed.
Police told this newspaper that the victim, young Mercy, is at a local clinic in Gbarnga undergoing medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Gbarnga residents as well as human rights groups have condemned Edith’s action, describing it as barbaric and inhumane.