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2-yr-old dies after stepmother bathes him with hot water

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA—A housewife, who allegedly bathed her two-year-old step-son, Ahmed, with hot water that led to his death in Yandaki town, Kaita Local Government Area of Katsina State, is currently in Police net.

It was gathered that the 21-year-old woman, Samsiya, was a rival to the boy’s mother, who had packed out of their matrimonial home, leaving the boy with Samsiya and his father, Hayatu.


Spokesperson, Katsina Police Command, DSP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the development to journalists in Katsina, said: “Samsiya has been picked up and arraigned before a competent court. The court will determine her innocence or otherwise.”

Hospital sources revealed that Ahmed was referred to the hospital on September 5 from Yandaki Primary Health Care Centre, where he was initially admitted following injuries he sustained from hot water poured on him by his step-mother.

At the hospital

A source at the General Hospital said: “Ahmed suffered 90 degrees burns. The hot water affected him right from the head to toe. But our people tried their best before we lost him.”

Ahmed died about three weeks ago at Katsina General Hospital after doctors tried unsuccessfully to save his life, which made the Police to step in and arrest Samsiya.

Docked, but…

It was gathered that Samsiya was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Falile Dikko, but that nothing could be done on her case as she appeared to be mentally unstable during trial.



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