Woman remanded for beating 2-year-old to coma

A 43-year-old woman, Janet Moses, of Mabushi Village, Abuja, was on Monday convicted by a Kado Upper Area Court for beating a two-year-old boy to a state of coma.

The presiding judge, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq, convicted Moses after she pleaded guilty to the offence and begged the court for leniency.

He ordered that she be remanded in Prison custody until April 28, pending sentencing.

“It was the devil that made me do it, I didn’t know what came over me when I was beating him.

“I didn’t know it will get to this point, have mercy on me I will not repeat it again,” she pleaded.

Sadiq deferred the sentencing of the convict and ordered her to be remanded in prison custody until April 28, pending sentencing.

“I hereby withhold the sentencing of the convict pending when we receive a medical report of the baby from the hospital as he is still in a critical condition,” he said.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Sgt. Simon Ibrahim told the court that Aisha Muhammed of the same address lodged a report against the accused at the Mabushi police station on March 22.

Ibrahim said the crime was committed on the same date adding that the convict beat up the two-year-old boy who was left in

her custody.

He said the complainant returned home and saw the convict beating up the child who already had serious injuries all over him.

The prosecutor said, during police investigation, the convict confessed to have committed the crime and said the offence

contravened the provision of section 238(b) of the Penal Code.

The convict is liable to an imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or a fine or both.

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