A middle-aged woman Grace Monday, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly torturing her three-year-old niece, Miracle Peter, to a state of coma for defecating in the house instead of her potty.
According to the report carried in the Punch, Monday, who is from Kaduna State, has been married for several years without a child, and had gone to her hometown to bring the child who is her brother’s daughter to stay with her at her Ireodun, Agege residence, in July of this year and since then, has been in the habit of maltreating her especially as she was not properly trained on the use of her potty.
Monday too, on her part, did not train the girl on how to use the potty and anytime the girl defecated, she would beat her severely and on such occasion, she reportedly tortured the girl and slammed her head against a wall, which caused the toddler to become unconscious.
The girl was rushed to a private hospital and was later referred to a general hospital in the state after three days as her situation did not improve. Her neighbours later reported the case to the police at the Isokoko Police Division, and Monday was arrested.
A neighbour who narrated the incident, said:
Miracle 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.”
The Divisional Police Officer of the 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.