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Step mother sets two-month-old son on fire

Residents gather around the crime scene subsequent to the loss of a baby in the fire

MBALE- A two-month-old boy has on Wednesday June 20 been burnt by his step-mother who set fire on the hut while the baby was sleeping

The incident took place in Bugunalire Lower village, Mutoto Sub County in Mbale District.

The Mbale District Police Commander, Mathias Turyasingura,has Wednesday morning said that the deceased identified as Elijah Wambutu, a son to Bernard Wakayinza, was burnt after his step mother set the hut on fire at around 5pm.

“We have started investigations into the matter to establish what exactly happened. We are applying all the possible means to have the suspect arrested,” Mr. Turyasingura, said.

According to Mr. Robert Mujasi, the area defense secretary, said that the suspect who is currently on the run has been having misunderstandings with the mother of the deceased, Babra Mutonyi over Bernard Wakanyiza the father of the deceased.

However, residents assaulted the neighbor Ms Jamawa Irike that she might have played a role in setting the hut on fire.

One of the residents who preferred anonymity, said the suspect in question first assaulted the mother of the deceased before setting the hut on fire.

Homicide team with Scene of Crime Officers visited the scene and took the body to Mbale Municipal mortuary for postmortem.

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