Autopsy result of the 17-month-old child who died in a police cell in northern Sierra Leone indicates that the child died of severe anaemia and gross malnutrition.

The remains of the child have been laid to rest Saturday, January 8, in Makeni.

The deceased child’s case is becoming a multidimensional issue on the Government of Sierra Leone, much to the interest of researchers and international partners: for dying in a police cell – and for dying as a malnourished child, a source in Freetown said.

It is evident that several thousands of children die of malnutrition every year across Sierra Leone, for related reasons including skyrocketing cost of living, unemployment opportunities for parents and guardians, incessant graft in government institutions plus misuse of government facilities and services.

So far, two junior police officers on duty and two senior officers are said to have been suspended following the death of the child – Hannah Kanu – in the police cell at about 9pm at Panlap police division, December 23, in the outskirts of Makeni, at least one-hundred and fifty-five miles north of the capital Freetown.

The mother of the child – Kadiatu Koroma was locked up in the police cell with her daughter on allegations of stealing a handbag worth about seven-hundred and fifty thousand Leones – an equivalence of about $75.

The Government of Sierra Leone is yet to make an official statement in relation the issue.