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Woman Cages 4-year-old girl in the Bush for 5 Months | Says she suspected the child was a witch and had HIV

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Mary and Precious

Mary and Precious

Ondo State Police has arrested a 28-year-old woman, Mary Matthew for allegedly caging a 4-year-old girl, Precious, who she suspected was a witch, for 5 months.

The suspect, who is related to the victim’s mother said she ‘quarantined’ the victim, adding that the victim was infected with HIV that reportedly killed her (victim’s) mother last year.

The suspect, a farmer, and an indigene of Enugu state, confessed to the crime, adding that she caged the victim because of her swollen legs, suspecting that she was HIV positive, hence the need to keep her away from the public to avoid the spread of the virus in the community.

“I would have taken her to the hospital for treatment but I had no money to pay for the medical bills,” Mary said.

A police officer, ASP Olayemi Ojumu, who led the team that rescued the victim, following a tip-off, told a slightly different story.

When we got to the village, we saw the girl with a swollen body. She was holding a loaf of bread. She had defecated on her body inside the cage where she was kept in the bush. They didn’t allow her to come out to live with them. They gave her food and water inside the cage.

When we asked Mary about the condition of the girl, she told us that Precious’ mother died of HIV in Enugu State and she discovered that she (Precious) had been infected with HIV by her deceased mother. She said she did not want Precious to infect her own children and that was why she kept her in the cage.

Ojumu said the suspect was arrested in June, and that the victim was treated at the police clinic in Akure.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Hilda Harrison, who paraded the suspect in Akure, said:

Mary and her husband, who alleged that the girl was possessed, decided to lock her outside the house. On receipt of the information, the personnel attached to the Juvenile Welfare Centre of the police command visited the scene and met the girl in the cage as reported.

She (Precious) was immediately rescued and taken to the police clinic for medical attention, while the suspects are under interrogation and will soon be charged to court.

She said that the victim would be taken to the welfare home of the Ondo State Ministry of Woman Affairs and Social Welfare.

According to PUNCH, the victim said, “They said I am a witch and I have HIV. They put me outside”.

Photo Credit: PUNCH

13 Comments

  1. lady

    August 26, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    smh! lack of education

  2. Tony

    August 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Illiteracy is a plague. Africans need to wake up to reality and stop the ills. We call God each day and yet do horrible things. If it’s not cutting off private parts it’s caging.

  3. Princess P

    August 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Wickedness!!!

  4. Princess P

    August 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Wickedness!!!
    Would you do that to your child?

    • Bleed Blue

      August 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Apparently the answer is yes for some parents.

      I’ve just read here on BN about the dad that used a hot iron to beat his 5 year old daughter on the face and privates, because she slipped and fell while going to pour the contents of her potty into the latrine.

      This stuff weighs down the heart. I’m just tired.

  5. keke driver

    August 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Now who’s the witch? Iya Aje

  6. Mr D

    August 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Sometimes, when I read about a crazy crime, I’ll be like wow, it can’t get any crazier than this; no crime on earth will ever beat this crime in craziness! Then a crazier crime will be committed that will make the former crazy seem less crazy even though both crimes are just crazy. Now, this is really crazy!

  7. Darius

    August 26, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Sometimes, when I read about a crazy crime, I’ll be like wow, it can’t get any crazier than this; no crime on earth will ever beat this crime in craziness! Then a crazier crime will be committed that will make the former crazy seem less crazy even though both crimes are just crazy. Now, this is really crazy!

  8. dupsy

    August 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    What has come over our people for God’s sake! All this talk of witchcraft and someone is responsible for my problems has made us forget that we are all more connected and the same than we are different! We preach Jesus and howl our prayers over loud speakers but our hearts and actions show black and stinking evil and hatred towards our fellow human beings! Do you know who a real witch is? A real witch is someone who hates his fellow human being, someone who can kill and murder without batting an eye lid! Please have the fear of God and let us treat each other as we would love to be treated! Leave judgement to Baba God!

  9. Prince

    August 26, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    If it was their own child that’s infected with HIV would they have lock him/her in a cage. The kind of evil that’s in this world.

  10. Naijatalk

    August 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Illiteracy is truly a deadly disease

  11. Olabode

    August 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Illitrate is a diseased just because of HIV, Angelina jolie has a adoption child who is a HIV patient despite that she still take her out with her biological children without discrimination

  12. leigh

    August 29, 2016 at 10:42 am

    illiterate twat. how do you self diagnose a child and cage her away? i’m literally shaking from anger. i cannot stand such people, how does a 4 year old defend herself from such evil? these little people need our love and care, especially if she’s hiv positive. people need to educate themselves , this world is a sad place already , a parent dies leaving the child with family members who treat her like an animal instead of loving and caring for her, shw could be the next president for heavens sake.

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