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Seven-year-old domestic help brutalized by boss, develops kidney problems

Seven-year-old Angela David, from Adamawa State, who was brutally beaten by a housewife named Maryam Mohammed for neglecting to do household chores, has been discovered to have kidney enlargement.

On Tuesday, May 30, 2023, SaharaReporters said that the Nigerian Police Force had detained Mohammed for abusing the young girl who was in her care.

Mohammed is accused of beating the child and hurting her with an electric cord. She was allegedly enraged by the young girl’s inability to do various household tasks.

The first reports on the incident showed that the victim’s head, down to her back and knees, showed signs of being brutalised.

Angela, was initially transported to Bakari Bole Clinic, a Shagari low-cost facility in Yola South Local Government Area, but was later transferred to a specialist hospital.

According to the results of Angela’s scan, her right kidney may have enlarged as a result of the extent of the injuries. The scan’s findings also indicate that she had hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver.

However, Angela is now receiving medical treatment at the specialist hospital. One of the hospital’s doctors disclosed that the course of treatment might last up to six months.

Speaking on the situation, Eden Dimas, the victim’s guardian, they are “alarmed by this development.”

Meanwhile, SP Suleiman Nguroje, spokesperson for the state’s police command, said the defendant was arraigned at Upper Area Court 1 in Yola.

Investigations, however, showed that the accused had been freed on bail.

After the incident, Angela described her hardship, saying that Mohammed fed her once a day, so she became too weak to wash utensils on that unfortunate day.

The young girl added that Mohammed beat her all over her body with moringa tree branches and an electric cord.

Elsey David, the victim’s mother, also spoke on the situation. She said she gave her daughter about eight months ago to help the perpetrator with household chores. However, this decision was dependent on her (the perpetrator) enrolling the child in school, which she did not do.

In the course of the case, a few civil society organisations have also have committed to follow the case through to make sure the young girl gets justice.

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