I Strangled My Son Because I Had No Babysitter- 20-Year-Old Mother Confesses

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A 20-year-old woman, Titilayo Odedele, has told an Ebute Meta Magistrate Court that she strangled her two-year-old child, Opeyemi, because she could not afford a babysitter for him and said she had no one to help her take care of the child after she was impregnated and thrown out of her parent’s home.

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Addressing the court in tears, she said:

“I only finished Primary six, and I did not attend secondary school before I was impregnated.”

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“On that Friday night, I attended a vigil and wanted to drop the child there and run away, but didn’t know what to do. On Saturday morning, I left the place and wrapped him up in a cloth. When I saw that nobody was with us, I put my hand on his neck and started to squeeze it till he died.”

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“Each time I squeezed his neck, he cried, but I just kept pressing till he died. I don’t know what entered into me.”

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