Police in Eastern Province have arrested a Malawian national residing in Mchini Compound of Chipata district for allegedly defiling his one-year-old step daughter whilst in her sleep.

In a statement, Thursday, Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo stated that Masaiti Mwale of unknown age was reported to Chipata Central Police Station by his 16-year-old wife who had been awakened by the baby’s cries after the suspect defiled her.

“Police received a report of defilement which occurred between 4th June, 2019 at 20:00 hours and 5th June, 2019 at 01:00 hours in Chipata District. The report was received from the mother of the victim aged 16 years old of Mchini Compound that her baby girl aged one year five months was defiled by her step father while she was asleep. The suspect is Masaiti Mwale of Mchini Compound, a Malawian of Matekwe village, Chief Kalolo of Lilongwe District. The suspect is alleged to have found his wife and baby asleep, he got the baby and defiled it. The mother was awakened by cries of the victim. The suspect is in custody,” stated Katongo.