Police are investigating the attempted murder of a 9-year-old girl from Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, which occurred at about 22:00hrs on Sunday last. Investigators have since arrested the child’s mother.

Enquiries disclosed that the 9-year-old girl and her mother live together in Zeelugt with her mother’s boyfriend. The child’s father died about four years ago.

At about 22:00hrs on July 7, the woman and her boyfriend got into a heated argument, during which, the boyfriend told her that she and the 9-year-old child were ‘wastes’ and that he did not want them anymore. He then left the house.

The woman then called her daughter and told her that her father was already dead and her stepfather (boyfriend) did not want them. She then allegedly took a ‘chopper’ and chopped her daughter in her left arm in an attempt to kill her, but the child managed to escape and was rescued by a neighbour who took her to the Leonora Cottage Hospital.

The child was examined and her condition was listed as stable. She was later transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where she was admitted as a patient.

The mother of the child was contacted at her home by the Police and was seen with a chop wound to her left arm. She told investigators that she chopped herself. She was arrested and escorted to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where she was seen and examined by a doctor on duty, and her condition was deemed stable. She was discharged and taken to the Leonora Police Station, where she was placed in custody, assisting with the ongoing investigation.


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