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3-year-old girl dies after teacher forced her to sit in boiling water

By Mason White 3:52 PM December 7, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
A teacher was arrested on a charge of child abuse after allegedly forcing a girl to sit in boiling water, which resulted in the child’s death, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos State police said that they have arrested the teacher identified as Maryam, after forcing 3-year-old Abolore Haliya, to sit in a container full of boiling water.

Maryam was charged with one count of child abuse. The school is being investigated on a charge of negligence for failing to properly supervise the teacher.

According to the police investigation, the incident occurred on Wednesday during school hours. The teacher forced Haliya, to sit in the boiling water until her thighs and private parts got severely burned.

She was first taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital, but was later transferred to the Gbagada General Hospital.

However, she suffered complications and died after two weeks.

Doctors at the hospital notified the police, and Maryam was arrested. The principal of the school identified as Bose Shomoade, is being questioning by police.

Police are trying to determine if a sexual motive was behind the attack.