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Teen mother kills daughter blaming biological father’s refusal to pay child support

The Malawi Police in Kasungu is keeping in custody a teen mother for allegedly killing her one year-old child in attempt to ease the misunderstanding with the deceased’s biological father.

Edwin Kaunda, Kasungu Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed to Maravi Post the arrest of Agnes Songwe, aged 18 who committed the offence on May 5, 2015 at Manthelekani village in the district which followed the arrest on May 9, 2015.


Kaunda told Maravi Post in an interview that the suspect stabbed her child on the neck then later dumped the body in the bush secretly which was discovered by a passerby who alerted the police. Following an investigation the police arrested the mother.

The Kasungu Police Publicist said the deceased was living with his grandmothers as the suspect married to another man in Dedza as the child’s biological father, Jonathan Gonthi just impregnated and refused to marry the suspect and also refused to provide child support a fact that angered the teen mother.

“Like a normal visit to the village, on this fateful day, Agnes arrived at her parents’ home. She later secretly took the child then stabbed and dumped the body at nearby bush. The grandmother then alerted people that the child was missing.

“The villagers reported the matter to police, who after an investigation arrested Agnes who confessed that she was responsible for the death of child saying her conduct was aggregated by the death threats the deceased biological father with his relatives were posing on her mother (the deceased grandmother).

“The threats came due to grandmother’s request to the father to starting helping the child which didn’t go well with the biological father and his relatives who frequently visited the granny’s compound forcing her to vacate the village. This angered the suspect who resorted to end the mess by killing the child”, said Kaunda.

Agnes hails from Manthelekani Village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Chilowamatambe in Kasungu District and she remains in police custody waiting to appear before court to answer charges of murder

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