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Mother burns her 6-year-old daughter because she allowed thieves into their apartment

By Mason White 10:53 AM November 16, 2014
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A woman was arrested on charges of child abuse after allegedly assaulting her little daughter because she allowed thieves to enter their apartment, police in Nigeria said.

The Abuja Police Department said that they arrested 27-year-old Patience Stephen, after being accused of nearly killing her 6-year-old daughter Abigail, because the girl allowed thieves to enter their apartment.

According to the police investigation, Stephen punished the child because she allowed thieves to break into the home and steal N40,000 ($234).

When the mother came home and learned about the theft she became extremely angry. She took a razor blade and cut Abigail.

She also used a hot metal to burn her child. After injuring her girl, she locked her inside the house for five days, without seeking any medical treatment.

The neighbors of the child took her to a nearby police station, where she told investigators how Stephen assaulted her.