Monday, 16 November 2015

Woman tortures her 3 year old niece to a coma

Grace Monday, who has been married for 7 years without having any child
of her own travelled to Kaduna to visit her older brother. When she got
there, she asked him to give her his 3 year old daughter so she could

train and take care of her well being. Her brother agreed and gave his 3
year old daughter, Miracle Peter, to her sometime in July 2015.

The 3 year old who apparently hadn’t been potty trained kept defecating
in the house. Probably because Monday who hadn’t potty trained the
toddler, didn’t put diapers on her either.  The toddler’s defecation
around the house always got on Monday’s nerves and rather than help the
toddler by potty training her, she flogged her severely, hoping the pain
she inflicted on her would stop the behavior.
Monday was arrested in Lagos for allegedly torturing the three-year-old niece, Miracle Peter, to a coma.

According to reports, she allegedly flogged the little child for several
hours at their home in the Ireodun, Agege area of Lagos State and
subsequently slammed her head against a wall causing the toddler to
faint.

On the day the toddler was beaten to a coma, she was rushed to a
private hospital and was later referred to a general hospital in the
state for intensive care.

Monday’s neighbour, Adijat Fatai, said she had warned her on several times to stop flogging the child.

She said,

 “Miracle (Peter) always defecated all over the house. I called Grace
and advised her to be patient with the little girl because it could be
that God was using the girl to test her patience.

“Sometime in October, I saw her cleaning the child up after she had
defecated; she was beating her as well. I warned her three different
times to stop flogging her because it was getting excessive. She didn’t
listen to me and I immediately suspected she was under a spell.

“I told her husband to caution her but he told me Miracle’s father
instructed them to beat her till she stopped purging. I left them and
went inside my room. It was the following morning she came to call me
that the girl had fainted.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that the landlord, Fatai Alimi, reported the matter at the Isokoko Police Division when he learned of the incident.

He alleged that Monday had inflicted several injuries on the body of
the toddler, adding that she had slammed Peter’s head against the wall.

He said:

“We rushed her to a private hospital and I had to borrow money for her
to be admitted and treated because the hospital management said we must
deposit some money. She spent three days at the hospital. When they
could no longer handle it, they referred her to a general hospital,” he
added.
Alimi, who said Peter was placed on oxygen, added that she was incapacitated by the torture.

However, Abuye, who claimed to be a confidante and friend of the
suspect, said she (Monday) had called her to express her frustration
with Peter’s constant defecation around the house.

She said:

“Grace (Monday) loves little children. Unfortunately, she had been
married for seven years without any issue. She said I should release my
child to her so she could train her till she got her own but I
refused. I told her to go to her village and get her relative’s child.

“On the night preceding the incident, she called me that the girl had
started defecating again. After beating her, Miracle (Peter) told her
if she confessed the reason for her misbehaviour, some spiritual forces
would punish her. Grace and her husband prayed till 3am after hearing
that.

“Around 8am, she woke up and saw that Miracle was still sleeping. She
woke her up to give her a bath. She was about leaving the house when
she saw the girl had hit her head against the wall. Grace did not touch
her.”
The Divisional Police Officer, Isokoko Police Division, Badmos Dolapo,
said the toddler was in a very bad shape when she saw her and that it
made her cry like a baby.

“In all my years in the police force, I have never cried. But seeing
the damage that had been done to this child, I could not hold back
tears; I wept like a baby. She had been brutalised. We will not leave
any stone unturned in this case,” she said.
The Lagos State Office of the Public Defender took custody of the toddler.

The Public Relations Officer of the OPD, Adeoba Adeniji-Adele, who spoke
for the Director of the agency, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi, said the victim
could no longer walk due to what she went through in the hands of her
aunt.

He said the agency was awaiting the doctor’s report on the case.



PUNCH

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