Francis Mensah, a three year old boy has reportedly died of severe burn from hot water wasted on him allegedly by Sonnie Jallah, a female officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP). Officer Sonnie allegedly kicked a hot water pot from a fire, while forcing family of the decease (Francis Mensah) in door, in an apparent enforcement of the 3pm lockdown, a measure put in place by the Liberian government to contain the COVID-19.
Information gathered by the GNN disclosed on April 20, 2020, that the late Francis Mensah grandmother was indoor right in front of their house preparing bath water for the three years old child and other members of the household, after the 3pm State of Emergency.
The grandmother of the late Francis Mensah speaking to reporters said while in the process preparing to take the boiling water indoor due to the time limit for the 3pm, officer Sonnie rushed on her and kicked the hot water pot from the fire which eventually wasted on little Francis who she said was playing just few inches away from the fire.
For her part, the mother of the deceased, Mabel McGill in tears told reporters she had gone inside for clothes for her son when the incident occurred, she further explained that within that time, the police officer came and asked them to go inside the house and while she was packing her things to enter the house, it was at that time officer Sonnie kicked the pot of hot water which wasted on her son.
This latest development has brought the Liberia National Police under huge criticisms from the public, with many accusing the police of brutalities against innocent people since the Liberian leader announced the State of Emergency.
Speaking on behalf of the police, the spokesman of the police, Moses Carter, the issue is currently before the Professional Standard Division of the Liberia National Police, stressing that the officer allegedly involved will be investigated, and appropriate action when found guilty will be applied.