Mother arrested for murdering two children by poison

Man Jose Kayima

A stepmother identified as Komuhendo Harriet has been arrested by Masindi Police for the alleged murder by poisoning of her two stepchildren, aged 8 and 6, and the attempted murder by poisoning of a third victim, a 2-year-old child who is currently undergoing treatment at Masindi General Hospital.

The incident happened on October 26 in Labongo sub-county, Masindi district, where the suspect is said to have given the three siblings a meal laced with suspected poison. As a result, all three children became unconscious, sending their family into a state of panic. They were immediately rushed to Masindi General Hospital for urgent medical attention.

Katusiime Patience, an 8-year-old female juvenile, and Asobora James, a 5-year-old male juvenile, could not be saved and lost their lives. The third victim, Kyosaba Mary, aged 3 years, is currently recuperating and considered out of immediate danger, under the care of medical professionals at Masindi Hospital.

The stepmother is now in custody and is facing charges of murder and attempted murder.

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