25 Aug 2016

Foster mother cages girl in the bush for 5 months after suspecting her of witchcraft and being HIV+

Mary Mathew, 28, a farmer and indigene of Enugu State, has been arrested by the men of the Ondo State Police Command for child abuse, Punch reports. She allegedly caged her four-year-old foster daughter, Precious Michael, inside the bush for over five months at Imafon Village in Akure South LGA of Ondo State.

Mary said she quarantined Precious when she suspected that she was possessed with witchcraft and also suspected that she must have been inflicted by Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which reportedly killed her mother last year.

She was said to be a relative of the Precious' late mother and brought her to Imafon in December 2015, after her death. Mary's husband was also arrested. Precious was immediately taken to police clinic for medical attention, after her rescue.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Harrison, said Precious, who had tested negative for HIV, would soon be taken to the state welfare home of the Ondo State Ministry of Woman Affairs and Social Welfare.

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