A 3-year-old girl has died from burns she suffered after her teacher made her sit on a hot water container.
In one of the worst cases of child abuse, a three-year-old girl, Haliya Abolore, has died at the Gbagada General Hospital after suffering severe burns on her buttocks and private parts, as a result of her class teacher, identified only as Maryam, making her sit on a hot water container, the Punch reports.
It was gathered that the toddler who attended a private school on Idoluwo Street, Dosunmu, Lagos Island, suffered the cruel fate due to the negligence of her teacher and was rushed to the hospital thereafter but she succumbed to the injuries.
The matter was reported at the Adeniji Adele Police Division, while Maryam was arrested and the school proprietress, Mrs Bose Shomade, also invited for questioning and made to pay parts of the treatment expenses.
But after after two weeks, at the Lagos Island General Hospital, she was moved to the Gbagada Hospital for further treatment, where she died.
But her father has taken the death of his daughter as his fate, claiming the teacher was being careless.
“She was first taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital. Later, she was taken to the Gbagada General Hospital. We have spent about N300,000 on her treatment.
The proprietress gave us N5,000 on the day of the incident. One week later, she visited the girl. She gave some money to my wife’s mother.
The school teacher has been arrested and detained after the matter was reported at the Adeniji Adele division. The teacher was careless. She knew the container was used to keep hot water and she still sat her on it.
All my daughter’s private parts were burnt. She was asked to sit on a container containing hot water.
Haliya was our jewel. We are so sad to lose her.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Joe Offor, confirmed the incident.
“The teacher was arrested and the matter was transferred to the State Department of Criminal Investigation for further investigation. The operatives at the SDCI thereafter charged the suspect to court.”