A woman, Oluwadamilola Adisa, has blamed lack of financial help and shame for her decision to drown her 21-month-old baby.
The 22-year-old, according to reports, said she had lost her admission to study law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, because of the baby, Oluwanifemi.
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She was also said to have left behind a note for her sister, Damilola, chronicling how she killed the toddler at their residence on Plot 221 Gowon Estate, Ipaja, Lagos, on Monday.
She reported herself at the Gowon Estate Police Station after committing the act.
Explaining the events leading to the baby’s death, the Ogun State indigene said: “I turned myself in after killing my daughter on Monday, May 11, 2020. “At first, I was thinking of strangling her, later I thought of suffocating her with a pillow, but my sister warned me to keep Oluwanifemi away from water after she had a dream and that gave me the idea of drowning her.
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“On the day of the incident, around 2pm, Oluwanifemi was assisting me to dress up, because she thought that I would take her out with me. But I told her that she was not going anywhere, because she would die that day and I would be going to the police station after killing her. So, I opened a big bucket of water, threw her in and covered the bucket, but she was able to push away the cover.
“The water in the bucket was not much, so, I poured more water in it, but she was still able to push away the cover to breathe, so I turned her upside down, threw her in the bucket of water and closed it.
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“After some time, I saw her floating and when I brought her out, she was still breathing. I put her in again and brought her out after some time, but she was still breathing and at the third attempt, I left her for some minutes till she died. I didn’t feel any pain killing her, because I was desperate.”
“The reason for the drastic decision is lack of financial help; I was tired and ashamed; when I gained admission to study law at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, I got pregnant and deferred my admission, which I later lost.
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“So killing my baby and losing my admission have a connection. I felt I would be free if I kill her and would be able to go anywhere I like and no one would disturb me that I had a daughter outside wedlock.
“After she died, I removed her from the bucket of water, placed her remains on a pillow and covered her with a white cloth. I confirmed that she was dead, because her legs and hands were very pale; her tongue also popped out in between her teeth.
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She claimed that the father of her baby, one Folarin Yusuf, abandoned her after she got pregnant.
Bala Elkana, the police spokesman in the state, said the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department has commenced investigation into the matter.
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