Embattled Mrs. Chinyere Ifesinachi, a 25-year-old mother of twins, has been arrested by the police in Anambra state for assaulting, torturing, and battering her underaged house help with a pestle, cane, and hot knife.
A video of the ugly incident had gone viral following her physical manhandling by her guardian at their residence.
The little Idimmachukwu was rescued by good-spirited individuals who saw her with a heavy bag of refuse, which her mistress sent her to dispose of at a dump site.
In the video, the girl could be seen with swollen eyes that she could barely see, swollen lips, disfigured arms, and shoulders, bruised and swollen heads, with different kinds of both old and fresh wounds all over her body.
The girl revealed that Mrs. Ifesinachi, her guardian, was behind her ordeal.
Investigations revealed that the suspect, aged 25 years, is a native of Alor town in Idemili South local government area of Anambra State but got married to an indigene of Enugu State.
The couple was said to have been delivered a set of twins, while Idimmachukwu was sent to them to assist the new mother as a nanny.
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On interrogation, Mrs. Ifesinachi said she maltreated Idimmachukwu because she threw one of her twin babies on the ground, which provoked her to beat to the ire of members of the public.
She also admitted that she used a cane, heated knife, and pestle to torture the nine-year-old girl, which left her with swollen hands, head, and eyes.
Mrs. Ifesinachi, however, pleaded for mercy, adding that she did not understand what came over her and why she went that far in beating the young girl to a pulp.
She said, “Please forgive me; it is the devil’s handiwork.”
Parents of Idimmachukwu, in their reactions, explained that their daughter left them in March this year to live with Mrs. Ifesinachi and her husband.
They disclosed that they allowed little Idimmachukwu to stay with the embattled woman and her husband because she recently gave birth to twins and had difficulty juggling caring for them and household chores.
They described as very unfortunate what they saw in just less than two months that their daughter had lived with the couple.
It was also gathered that Mrs. Ifesinachi is a relative of Idimmachukwu’s mother.
In a quick reaction, the State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. Ify Obinabo, promised to ensure that little Idimmachukwu and her family get justice.
She said the little girl, currently in the hospital for medical attention, would not return to Ifesinachi’s family when she fully recovers, describing the maltreatment as totally wrong and unacceptable.
The commissioner further warned that anyone caught abusing any child in the state must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
She also expressed appreciation to everyone who contributed towards the discovery and rescue of the child and advised the citizens to raise the alarm anytime they notice wrong acts within their areas.
It was learned that some Nigerians in Diaspora have paid off the first hospital bill of the child as she is still undergoing medical examination and treatment in the hospital.
Spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, said the case had been transferred to the State Criminal and Investigative Department, SCID, from where the suspect would be charged in court.
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