Tuesday, December 24, 2013

‘I strangled my child since there is no babysitter'-20 year old mom opens up (Pictured)

A 20-year-old girl, Titilayo Odedele, has informed an Ebute Meta Magistrate's Judge that she strangled her two year old kid, Opeyemi, since she couldn't manage a babysitter for him. The tragic incident was said to have occurred at Ajagunro, Imota Ikorodu section of Lagos.The defendant, who had been arraigned on one count of murder, claimed she'd no body to greatly help her look after the little one after she was impregnated and trashed out of her parent's home.
Addressing the court in tears, she said, 
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“I only finished Primary six, and I did not attend secondary school before I was impregnated.
“On that Friday night, I attended a vigil and wanted to drop the child there and run away, but didn’t know what to do.
“On Saturday morning, I left the place and wrapped him up in a cloth. When I saw that nobody was with us, I put my hand on his neck and started to squeeze it till he died.”
The magistrate, O.O Olatunji, who was obviously shocked by the defendant’s action, said she could have left the baby in the church for people to take, instead of killing him.
 He said,
“How did you kill him? Was he not crying each time you pressed his neck?”
She replied,
“Each time I squeezed his neck, he cried, but I just kept pressing till he died. I don’t know what entered into me.”
It was learnt that Oladele lost her mom at an earlier age, and her dad got committed to a different woman. The accused was said to have  been sent out of the home shortly afterwards. The investigating police, Fatai Popoola, in a remand demand, suggested that Odedele was nabbed the day after the cruel incident on the road.
He explained she'd also made confessional statements to the police.
The murder charge read,
“That you, Titilayo Oladele, on November 16, 2013 at Ajagunro, Imota Ikorodu, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill one Opeyemi Ibrahim, aged two years, by strangulating him to death with your hands and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, Nigeria 2011.”
The defendant’s plea was not taken, as she also did not have any legal representation or family member in court.
The police prosecutor, Cyriacus Osuji, applied for her remand pursuant to Section 264 of the Administration of Criminal Justice, Lagos State 2011.The magistrate granted the remand request and ordered her to be put in prison pending the Directorate of Public Prosecution advice. The case was adjourned till February 3, 2014 for mention.

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