A teacher is currently being held for evaluation in a psychiatric ward of a hospital after allegedly murdering her disabled daughter.
27-year-old Magdalena Nunyango Amunyoko was born with a rare condition, according to the Huffington Post, leaving her bedridden and with slurred speech. Her 49-year-old mother, whose name has not yet been released, worked as a teacher in South Africa and served as her daughter’s caregiver.
Amunyoko’s brother reportedly found her charred remains after the mother used a barbecue grill to burn her daughter’s body.
The Huffington Post reported:
Amunyoko’s mother reportedly refused to tell her son where his sister was, so he searched the home for her. It was outside, on a barbecue grill stand, that he found the gruesome remains of his sister.
When authorities arrived on the scene, Amunyoko’s mother allegedly refused to let them inside her home. Investigators reportedly broke down the front door to gain entry.
“We found a dustbin with ashes and other burned items and when it was lifted up, we found a human body, which was identified to be that of the late 27-year-old woman,” Oshana Regional Police Commander Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa told The Namibian Sun.
Inside the home, investigators reportedly found handwritten letters on a table with the words “burn the enemy” written on them.
“She told the police that there are devils in the house and that she was seeing devils,” said Kashihakumwa.
In addition to the victim, police found the remnants of a television, a satellite dish and Amunyoko’s wheelchair.
Neighbors told local reporters they saw items burning in the suspect’s backyard Friday, but were unaware Amunyoko’s body was among them.
“We just thought [Amunyoko's mom] was moving out of the house or something… We saw her burning things and we still just thought she was cleaning up her yard,” a unidentified neighbor told The Namibian.
The preliminary police investigation indicates the victim was hacked to death with a machete Friday, before she was burnt on the barbecue grill.
Authorities are investigating Foursquare Gospel Church, suspecting that teachings of demons and spirits might have indoctrinated the mother.
Pastor Festus Negumbo denies the teachings, stating, “We do not teach people about demons and devils, which will confuse them, but we teach people about morality. She has not been coming to church for over a year now and we tried to reach out to her, but she isolated herself. She never said anything about demons in her house to the church.”