Dorothy Nabulime, seen in a
, inflicting harm on her two years old daughter, pleaded guilty to abusing her child, and she is hereby sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Dorothy, appeared before Luweero Chief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, Dorothy Nabulime was punished for subjecting her two years old daughter, to cruelty, inhuman treatment and inflicting bodily harm.
The Magistrate said, whereas Dorothy had pleaded for leniency because she is a victim of sexual abuse, she has to be taken away from the public, for her own safety and also to serve as an example to others.
Dorothy, is a resident of Busula, in Katikamu Sub County, Luwero district, and she was arrested on 3rd September, 2022, after a video clip showing her beating the two year old child, went viral on social media platforms.
She added that, Nabulime, had a difficult childhood, the reason she behaved the way she did.
“She has psychological issues because she had a difficult childhood. She was defiled at tender age and her mother was a single parent. She dropped out of school at P.7, hence she had to be given a sentence that is light and lenient” Ms Namigadde said.
The Uganda Police on Monday, September 5, said a 22-year-old woman who was captured in a video torturing her two-year-old daughter, has three children for three different men.
Dorothy Nabulime was arrested on Saturday, September 3, after a video went viral in which she was captured brutalizing her child in an incident that happened at Busula A in Katikamu Sub County in Luweero District, Uganda.
In the video lasting one minute and fourteen seconds, the mother was seen beating her naked child with a slippers.
The mother continues to beat the two year old girl until she slips off a basin with water pouring out but Nabulime is not about to end the beating.
She hits the baby continuously with a slipper on the arms, head, legs, back and hands from when the baby is on the ground to when she gets back to the basin but the cries for mercy from the baby fell on deaf ears of Nabulime.
The video which was recorded by the concerned neighbor and shared on social media, has since led to wide spread condemnation and uproar from members of the public.
Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, in a statement on Monday September 5, said further investigations have indicated that Nabulime has three children aged four years, two years and four months all from different men.
“She is a mother of three children from three separate relationships and could have been affected for having three failed relationships. Her first born of four years was from her relationship with Christopher Kivumbi, the second born of two years that she was victimizing was from a second relationship with a man she has refused to disclose. The third child of four months is from her third relationship with Isaac Male,” said police spokesperson, Enanga.
“We believe that her anger towards the two year old child is transferred from the broken relationship with the father in the second relationship whom she has concealed. We believe this because the other two children of four years and four months are treated very well by her unlike the two year old girl from the second relationship.”
Enanga said police got concerned after the video went viral in which the suspect showed no sympathy and love towards the child as is expected of a mother.
“The victim was examined and there are no grave internal injuries from prolonged acts of beating from the mother. Our child and family protection unit have got her new friends to play with” he said.
The police spokesperson added that the hunt for the identity of the father of the tortured child is on to see if he can be reunited with his daughter or the child can be taken to a safe place for custody.
“If we find it is not safe to reunite the child with the father, we will find alternatives of identifying a shelter home for this two year old victim”.
Enanga noted that police is also hunting for Isaac Male, the father of the four months child with whom the suspect has been living, who he said is currently on the run.
Police say neighbors informed them that the torture has been ongoing for at least a year and they want to interrogate the step dad to answer as to why he never reported to authorities.
“Male Isaac is wanted because evidence we have shows this girl victim was being tortured for that entire period of about one year he was staying with the lady and as a step father he never intervened at whatever stage when the step daughter was being tortured.”
Enanga said when the video went viral, Male escaped from the village but noted the hunt for him is still on.
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