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Girl stabs her mother and sets her on fire because she was told to wash laundry

By Mason White 1:35 PM May 28, 2015
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By: Mahesh Sarin
A girl was arrested on charges of murder after allegedly killing her mother and setting her on fire because she was told to wash her laundry, police in Zimbabwe said.

Chitungwiza Police said that they arrested the 17-year-old girl who suffers from mental health problems, after setting her mother on fire in the family home.

A court ordered mental health evaluation found that the girl was mentally unstable when she killed her mother. The court heard that the day of the murder, the two had argued over $100.

The mother then beat her daughter before telling her to wash her laundry. The teen became angry and pulled a kitchen knife. She stabbed her mother several times in the chest, neck and hands.

In order to cover up the crime, the girl poured a flammable liquid on her mother and set her on fire. The next day, the girl told her friend what she had done, and the friend called the police.