According to reports the late stepson, Femi lived with Oluwabunmi Metofik and her three children in the Simawa area of Ogun State, while his father is a pastor in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The woman punished Femi for eating her food without her consent, inflicting injuries on his head and leg with a sharp object.
After the assault, she rushed the boy to a private hospital in the community on June 4, when he went into a coma but he was rejected.
The woman was said to have taken him to a health centre in the community which referred him to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
It was learnt that a Good Samaritan, who saw the boy at the health centre, was worried by the injuries and alerted a vigilance group in the neighbourhood.
The group was said to have initiated a search for the woman and her husband, who were eventually arrested on Wednesday and handed over to the police at the Ogijo division.
A community leader, Toyin Oladoyin, said the woman confessed that she was responsible for the injuries, adding that the pastor was mounting pressure on the police to release his wife. He said;
“Her neighbours testified that she usually beat the boy. Her eldest child also said she used a stick and knife to torture Femi.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the police had invited the deceased’s mother, adding that her statement would determine the next line of action.