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Parents set their 11-year-old boy on fire because he is a witch

By Mason White 11:28 AM August 20, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A couple was arrested on charges of attempted murder after setting their son on fire because he is a witch, police in Nigeria said.

11-year-old Master Nmeyene Christopher Eyo of Akwa Ibom, was set on fire by Christopher Amos Essie and Amos Johnson.

Police said that the father conspired with his wife to kill the child by burning him in order to stop the boy from practicing witchcraft.

The boy told investigators that his problems with his parents began when he woke up one morning and told his grandmother that he dreamed of being fed biscuits.

She alerted his father, who concluded that the child was a witch and therefore must be treated before he wreaks havoc on the entire family.

They tried to heal the child, but the mother eventually took him to church, poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.

Luckily, the child’s his younger brother Christopher Samuel, alerted rescuers who helped the child.