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Blantyre Police is keeping in custody a 24 year old woman Mercy Banda for allegedly killing her own child.

The deceased has been identified as Dingile Banda aged 7 years and was from Kaphiri village in the area of Traditional Authority Khonyoni in Lilongwe District.

Blantyre Police Station Deputy PRO, Sergeant Aubrey Singanyama said the suspect is alleged to have committed the offence on July 21, 2022 at around 1500hrs at Bonongwe area in Chilobwe Township.

“It is reported that on this particular day and time, the deceased developed skin disease and the suspect went to a nearby pharmacy to buy medicine for her. On her return, it is alleged that she noticed unusual signs on the child who had her eyes protruding and swollen mouth, ” said the PRO.

The suspect got angry and slapped the deceased who fell to the ground unconscious after twisting her neck.

The suspect’s mother took the deceased to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Meanwhile, the suspect is in Police custody at Soche Police pending to appear before court to answer a charge of Murder contrary to section 209 of the Penal code.

Mercy Banda hails from Khonyoni village in the area of Traditional Authority Kaphiri in Lilongwe District.

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