The Anambra State Police Command has arrested a 24-year-old pregnant woman for allegedly brutally assaulting her seven-year-old nephew.

The woman, identified as Eguta, who is heavily pregnant, reportedly inflicted severe injuries on her nephew, identified as Sunday, almost blinding him, simply because he ate fish and failed to recite the English alphabet.

She was apprehended after concerned neighbours took the victim identified as Sunday, to the office of the state women and social welfare commissioner, Ify Obinabo, on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

Sunday is the biological son of Eguta’s sister, whom she had brought to live with her less than a year ago. The boy, who bears scars from previous inflicted injuries by his guardian, had been out of school for a long time.

During interrogation, Eguta admitted to beating the boy for eating the fish she had bought for the family meal that day. She also confessed to beating him on Monday for failing to recite the English alphabet correctly, citing it as the main reason for injuring him.

“I am very sorry. I didn’t intend to blind him or beat him in the eyes, but I mistakenly did so. Please, forgive me, it is the handwork of the devil,” she said.

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