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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Drama as Neighbours Nearly Mob Woman Who Broke Son's Head With a Stone for Absconding From Home

Drama as Neighbours Nearly Mob Woman Who Broke Son's Head With a Stone for Absconding From Home

A woman was nearly mobbed by angry neighbours after she allegedly broke her son's head with a stone inflicting serious injuries on the eight-year-old boy.

A mother has taken discipline too far as she is now regretting after she allegedly broke her son's head with a stone for absconding from home. The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the woman, identified only as Mary, for inflicting serious injuries to her eight-year-old son.

According to Punch, the son, Samuel, was punished for leaving the house without permission and going to a neighbour’s place. When he came back, an angry Mary, who lived on Furniture Avenue, Jakande Estate Gate in the Isolo area of the state, allegedly hurled a stone at Samuel which broke his head.

Angry neighbours were said to have attempted to mob Mary before the arrival of policemen from the Isolo Police Division, who took the woman away, while Samuel was rushed to a government hospital.

Trouble started on Friday, at about 1pm, as Mary, who worked as a lotto agent, had returned and did not meet Samuel at home. She was said to have met the boy in a neighbour’s place and attempted to flog him. While Samuel ran, the mother allegedly picked a stone and hurled it at the boy. The stone hit the boy’s head, damaging his head.

A resident identified as Salami, said the neighbours initially administered a first aid on Samuel before the arrival of the policemen, who arrested Mary. He said, “We were attracted on Friday by the cries of the boy. What angered most people was the belief that Mary was hostile to the boy. He dropped out of school last year and has not been attending any school.

“When I got to the scene, the boy’s shirt was stained with blood. Blood was also coming out from his head. The mother explained that she had warned him to stay at home. But when she came back, she could not find him. That made her angry.

“We initially administered first aid on the boy, and when he was stable, he was rushed to a general hospital. We then invited the police.”

A neighbour, identified only as Mama Ada, said Samuel was Mary’s only child, adding that the boy’s father had separated from Mary.

She said, “Mama Sam (Mary) did not deliberately break her son’s head. The boy’s father had divorced her since last year, and he did not send any money for the upkeep of the boy. Samuel dropped out of school last year.

“The mother does not have a good job. Her fault was that she was too hard on the boy by hitting him with a stone. But she is now remorseful.”

The Lagos State Domestic and Violence Response Team (DSVRT) was said to have got across to the Ministry of Youth and Social Development which sent an official to the area. The Coordinator, DSVRT, Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, said the ministry had taken custody of the injured boy. She said, “The government has rescued the boy from his mother. The Child Protection Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development was contacted, and a social worker was dispatched to rescue the boy.

“The boy’s father is no longer with the mother. The man has shown up at the police station, where he confessed that he was unable to financially look after the victim. The social worker subsequently took the child to a shelter until when he would be reunited with his family.

“The incidence of child abuse is on the increase. We, however, commend members of the public who report such cases. They will be treated with utmost confidentiality.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said she would get back to our correspondent on the incident. But she had yet to get back as of press time.

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