By Bright Chikele:
A 32 year old housewife of Nchanga South in Chingola has allegedly poisoned her nine year old son by giving him an insecticide after she allegedly quarreled with her lover.
The woman identified as Melissa Neiman had also poisoned herself but she did not die.
Copperbelt province commissioner of police Charity Katanga has told Mwebantu in an interview that the incident occurred on Saturday around 15.00 hours at house number 33,2nd Street, in Nchanga South.
Mrs Katanga said Neiman is admitted to Nchanga South hospital where she is currently receiving treatment.
She said Neiman was in a stable condition, and that police were guarding her hospital bed as they await to charge her.
“This woman is said to have picked a quarrel with her lover, who is not the father of her child, hence, she decided to kill herself and her son, by way of consuming some kind of insecticide. But as fate would have it, she survived the incident, but her son died instead.
She is currently admitted to Nchanga South hospital and she is being guarded by police who are waiting to slap an appropriate charge on her,” Mrs Katanga said.
She said Neiman had not been formally charged and arrested as she was brought to the hospital in a semi conscious state, but that police had instituted investigations in to the matter.