Police at Kampala Metropolitan East and Kiira Division have in custody a female guardian who was arrested after concerned citizens in their neighborhood filmed her torturing a toddler in her care.
The video, which was widely shared on social media showed the 3-year-old victim being abused by the suspect Fortunate Badaru.
The victim is a daughter to PC Azam Xizel Alesi, a 33-year-old, Police Officer, currently deployed in Somalia with African Union Peacekeeping Mission.
According to police, the officer left her daughter with her best friend Badaru, a 33-year-old, housewife and resident of Kiyinda, Kira Municipality, Wakiso District, where she is currently staying with her husband.
It is said that the two friends once lived together at Naguru barracks in 2014.
However, during the 6-month period that the mother was away on duty in Somalia, the neighbors kept hearing the victim screaming due to torture from her guardian.
They brought the matter to the attention of her husband who cautioned her, but she instead continued torturing the victim whenever her husband was not around.
Police said the suspect would pour water on the victim, cane her all over the body, push her against the wall and pierce match sticks around her private parts, as well as making her sleep in the wardrobe.
“She claims she was disciplining the victim wherever she would urinate or defecate in the house but treated her children of the victim’s age differently. The concerned neighbors recorded more videos and on the 27/2/2020, reported the matter to Kiira Police Division,” police said in a statement.
The victim was recovered and upon medical examination, found to have both healing and fresh scars on the stomach, chest, private parts, head, hands, face, buttocks and all over the body, suggesting ongoing abuse or torture.
She is responding well to the treatment and counseling, under the care of her Auntie Wendy Angundeyo.
“We would like to thank the immediate neighbors because it takes very courageous children to speak up when they have been abused and it also takes really courageous adults to stand up for victimized children and get them help,” said police