Police arrest woman for poisoning one-year-old daughter in Lagos


A woman identified only as Rukayat is now in police custody after allegedly poisoning her one-year-old daughter with insecticide in Lagos State’s Oworonshoki area.

The incident occurred around 11 a.m. on Friday.

According to a police source, the infant had epilepsy, and her mother poisoned her out of frustration with the situation.

“One 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”, the source said.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He noted that the mother has been arrested and an investigation is ongoing.

He said, “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.”