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Malawian woman arrested for faking own daughter’s death

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Police in Lilongwe are keeping in custody a 34-year-old woman after she faked death of her own daughter to get money.

The suspect identified as Caroline Mwale was arrested on Monday, November 23, 2020 afternoon at Kamuzu Central Hospital’s mortuary.

Foster Benjamin, Deputy Public Relations Officer for Lilongwe Police Station said Mwale, whose husband is in South Africa, called her husband’s relatives, informing them that her 13-year-old daughter had died at the hospital.

Benjamin added that the relatives immediately bought a coffin and ferried it to the mortuary to carry the ‘remains’ of the child for burial at Beni Village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Chadza in the district.

“The suspect, however, was seen mourning hysterically before she revealed that she was lying and that her daughter was still alive and is in Kasungu.

“Police were called and arrested the suspect.She will be taken to the court soon to answer a charge of conduct likely to cause the breach of peace,” says Benjamin.

Mwale comes from Chindomo Village, T.A Wimbe in Kasungu District.

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