A stepmother identified as Mrs Jennifer Dikeocha, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly inflicting varying degrees of injury on her four-year-old stepdaughter, Stephanie.
The lady was arrested on Friday, November 9, 2018, after her stepdaughter’s teacher at Royal Peters International Academy, Mowe, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state, lodged a complaint at the Mowe Police Station, having discovered lacerations on the pupil’s back, which were allegedly inflicted by the stepmother, showing same to policemen at the station.
While the teacher’s name was not disclosed, it was gathered that the 4-year-old girl was always crying whenever the school closed for the day. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect, said the victim’s mother died after giving birth to her.
The teacher also explained to the police that the victim came to school on Friday sickly and when she tried to feel her body temperature, the girl recoiled in pain.
“She said this prompted her to check her and found lacerations all over the girl’s body,” Oyeyemi added.
“The Abia State born woman told the police that the mother of the girl died while giving birth to her and that she (Jennifer) got married to the girl’s father in 2016,” the police spokesperson stated.
Punch reported that the victim’s stepmother who was paraded before newsmen, could not adduce any reason for maltreating the girl.