Lagos Police Arrest Woman for poisoning one-year-old daughter

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident and mentioned that the mother has been arrested, with investigations ongoing.
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A woman known as Rukayat has been taken into police custody for allegedly poisoning her one-year-old daughter with an insecticide in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos State.

According to reports from PUNCH Online, the incident took place around 11 am on Friday.

A police source disclosed to our correspondent that the infant had epilepsy, and the mother decided to poison her because she was overwhelmed by the situation.

The source stated, "Rukayat brought her one-year-old, seven-month-old daughter to LUTH for treatment. Later that same day, she confessed to having poisoned her child with an insecticide because she could not continue with her daughter having epilepsy. She said she wanted to rest from the stress."

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident and mentioned that the mother has been arrested, with investigations ongoing.

He stated, "Detectives of the division were immediately dispatched to the hospital, and they met the baby receiving treatment, and the mother has been taken into custody after treatment, and the investigation is ongoing."

This incident echoes a similar tragic event reported last year by PUNCH, where the Lagos State Police Command confirmed the death of a 39-year-old woman, Lilian Nwarache, who ingested an insecticide in the Iwaya area of Lagos State due to frustration with an illness she was suffering from. 

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