A 10-month-old baby and mother have received several beatings from a man squatting them after the child’s cries deprived him of sleeping.
Concerned neighbours confronted the man after he battered the woman and threw her into a pool of dirty water. When asked, he said the woman insulted him after he beat her child for crying.
The man, named Isaac, is a relative of the woman’s baby daddy. He said the baby daddy abandoned the woman and the child in the village so, he brought her down to Lagos in a bid to help her.
She started living with him and he said that’s when he began losing sleep because the child always woke up crying at night.
He explained that he cautioned her to control her child and try breastfeeding him if he cries to keep the child from disturbing his sleep.
However, he claimed that, rather than breastfeed the child when he cries at night, the mother will beat him, making him cry more.
He added that as an okada man he needs his sleep but hardly gets it.
On the morning that he beat the child and the mother, he said he heard the child crying and called the woman but she didn’t answer. He beat the 10-month-old child and when his mother, who was in the bathroom, came out, she confronted him for beating her son.
Angered by the disrespect, Isaac said he beat the woman too and pushed her into the dirty water.
The woman had blood running down her hands from the injury inflicted on her. Her clothes were also soiled with the dirty water she was pushed into.
The man explained that he’s been the one taking care of the woman and her child, however, the woman doesn’t listen to him.
When asked what happened, the woman seemed reluctant to speak at first, but she later opened up and explained how the assault happened.
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