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I never heard of a Lake Malawi physically touching another, except for reputed body slams due to aggression (I have only seen lip locking and chasing). This sounds different. Can you get a video?
 

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Well, they do eat their young. Some cichlids do not, but mbuna do. The period of protectiveness lasts for the time the fry are in the female's mouth and once they are spit...it is over.
 
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