Nigerian Mother Poison 11-Month-old Daughter To Death
Police from the Benue state command has arrested Sughshater Ushahemba, of Mbadyur council ward, Logo Local Government Area, of the State for poisoning her 11-month-old infant.
According to the neighborhood, the woman allegedly fed the baby a substance thought to be a chemical in the early hours of Saturday.
According to another source, the baby had a high temperature in the early hours of Saturday and died.
The woman was claimed to have been apprehended while attempting to bury the baby.
However, Logo LGA Information Officer Paul Pevikyaa informed journalists on Monday that the wife had earlier told people that the baby became ill about 12:31am and died two hours later.
He said, “When the woman was interviewed, she (the woman) said when they were asleep, around 12.31am, the baby started having high fever and that the body was so hot that she gave up within two hours.
“She said that the mistake she made was at day break, she failed to inform her neighbours of what happened in the night because there is a strong belief that when you have neighbours and when you are having difficulties at night, at least you can call your neighbours to help you and they can be your witness. But she never did that.”
The information officer, however, said that the woman later confessed to killing her baby because she was abandoned by the man who impregnated her.
“So when day broke, she now attempted burying the baby. The baby was 11 months old,” he said.
Pevikyaa added that the woman said she was impregnated by her boyfriend, and after she gave birth to a baby girl, the boy abandoned her with the child.
“She said she had been suffering with the child, and that was why she poisoned the baby by giving her a chemical that is used to spray grasses,” Pevikyaa said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Benue State Command, SP, Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect is currently in custody.