Mother Poisons Own Child in Benue

Sughshater Ushahemba, a Benue-based woman from Logo Local Government Area, has been accused of poisoning her 11-month-old daughter.

The suspects, according to a source in the community, fed the baby with a chemical substance on Saturday. She would later be caught trying to bury the baby.

According to a source in the community, the baby developed a high temperature following the poisoning.

The information officer of the local government, Paul Pevikyaa, confirmed the incident.

“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,” he said.

The information officer noted that the accused failed to inform the neighbours after the case of the baby got critical in the morning

“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.”

He said the accused confessed to killing the baby, claimed that she committed the act because the boyfriend who impregnated her had abandoned her after giving birth to the baby girl.

The police public relations officer of the state, Catherine Anene, confirmed the arrest of the suspect.

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