Woman kills own child with kerosene in Edo

Woman kills own child with kerosene in Edo
February 19 09:36 2017

Tragedy struck in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State on Friday when woman fed his own child with kerosene which killed him.

The 18-month-old boy died in hospital after consuming a bottle of kerosene, which his mother mistakenly served him in place of water.

The  boy, identified as Israel Buhari, was said to have received the substance from his mother, a kerosene vendor, when he complained of thirst at about 10 am.

IHe reoportedly gulped the petroleum product, but spat out the rest of the content when it became unpalatable for him.

The mother, Mrs. Ata, was said to have realised that she had served her only son the wrong drink when he screamed in pain from the impact of the ingested substance.

It was gathered that neighbours, who were invited for help by his mother, offered the victim some palm oil before rushing him to a hospital where he died few hours later.

Kerosene sold by retailers is commonly stored in old beverage containers in several parts of the country.

Ata, who hails from Kogi State, said one of her children had filled the bottle with water, which they took to their store on the day the incident occurred.

But she added that she had mistakenly picked the one containing kerosene and given it to him when he asked of water.