Continuous sensitizations being carried out by various organizations seeking the interest of children in the country seem to be falling in deaf ears as children continue to face cruelty and other related forms of abuse.
A recent case of cruelty against children occurred in the late hours of Monday 20th October 2008, when a middle aged woman, Marie Bedor residing at Kaningo River Side, Lumley allegedly dipped the right hand of her 11 year old step daughter, Ann Marie Simbo into a hot pot of cooking oil.
Reports say this happens when the woman alleges that the girl was caught dipping her index finger into her private part.
Mustapha Simbo, an elder brother of the victim says he came from Port Loko to visit his step mother and sister.
“On arrival I was told by my step mother that my sister had gone for extra lessons at school,” he said, while adding he was there till 9:30 pm without seeing her sister.
He says a neighbor sneaks into the house and informed him that the step mother has locked the girl in the back room after frying her hands.
“I immediately rushed to the back room where I found my sister in a miserable condition,” he said in tears, while adding that he wasted no time in alerting the police.
The police also swiftly responded, thus the arrest of Marie Bedor, who is currently helping the police in the investigation.
The 11 year old girl is currently responding to treatment at the Emergency Hospital in Goderich.
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