Man arrested for allegedly killing toddler by smashing him on floor

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The police described the action as “cruel”.

By, Seun Adewale

Detectives in Ondo State have arrested a middle-aged man, Ayelehin Kehinde, for allegedly causing the death of a two-year-old in Supare, Akoko area of the state.

The suspect, who is now in police custody, reportedly pulled the baby boy, who was sleeping, from the back of his mother and smashed him on the concrete floor.

Witnesses say the suspect accused the mother of giving out information about him to police detectives who recently raided his house.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that some detectives recently stormed the area after some leaders in the area complained about unwholesome acts by some residents. There were rumours that someone told the suspect that his name was mentioned to the detectives who visited the area.

Perhaps irked by this information, the suspect was said to have stormed the woman’s residence and accused her of giving false information about him to the police.

Witnesses say an argument ensued, which later degenerated to a fight.

The suspect, overwhelmed by anger, pulled the baby from his mother’s back and smashed his head on the concrete floor, a witness, who sought anonymity, said.

Blood furiously gushed out from the nose, ears, and mouth of the toddler.

The suspect, witnesses say, attempted to flee but was overpowered by the neighbours who took him to the police station where he was detained.

Neighbours rushed the baby to the hospital, but he died on the way and was confirmed dead in the hospital.

When contacted, the Ondo Police spokesperson, Wole Ogodo, confirmed the incident.

He said the suspect had been arrested and described the act as “cruel”.

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