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Mother burns her 7-year-old son to death with hot water because he misplaced 50 cents

By William Martin 12:14 PM January 1, 2018
Pot of hot water (illustration)

A mother killed her own child over a minimal amount of money, according to police in Nigeria.

Ikorodu police said that they have arrested 40-year-old Mary Eze after being accused of burning her 7-year-old son.

Eze has been charged with murder at the Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court.

If convicted, she faces the death penalty.

Judge Oluyemisi Adelaja denied bail for Eze and remanded her into the Ikoyi Prisons.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded on Friday morning at the woman’s home located on Ikorodu Road.

Eze gave her son 50 cents and instructed him to purchase food from the market.

When her son returned empty-handed, Eze became furious.

The boy told his mother that he misplaced the money.

In response, Eze grabbed a pot of hot water and poured it on her son.

She then locked him in a room and left the house.

Neighbors called the police after hearing the boy screaming in the home.

The boy was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.