Mrs Nkechi Bartholomew, a childless woman and seamstress, has been accused of damaging the reproductive system of a 12-year-old girl, Faith Nwanja, who she adopted.
The Ebonyi State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, who briefed newsmen on the ordeal of the maid, said Faith who was tortured and mutilated by her mistress, was also abandoned by her.
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Mrs Nkechi who allegedly inserted sticks inside the girl’s private parts which have caused her serious damage to the reproductive system, also left shocking scars and injuries all over her body, including eyes, mouth, head of the little girl she adopted from Onitsha, Anambra State, when she was eight years.
Briefing journalists yesterday, Head of Department, Child Development of the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Godwin Igwe, disclosed that Faith who had bloodied mouth, has also lost one of her hands to torture following her health condition which worsened.
“The child has been undergoing medical examination by team of expert gynaecologists, a team of orthopaedic doctors, a team of expert opmologists because of serious harm inflicted on her reproductive system, her hand, her ear, her teeth all over.
Last week, her medical examination was concluded and the hospital management said the report will be released to the police as soon as it is demanded”, he said.
News Telegraph reported that Igwe accused the state Police command, of refusing to arraign the suspect.
“The woman who perpetrated the crime was arrested by the police. the police had made attempt in March to arrest the woman in Onitsha and she escaped. The woman was taken to court on Monday and she was not arraigned, she was later brought back. The police assured us that the
a woman will be taking to court again today(Tuesday) which they did not do
“That woman should be taking to the court of competent jurisdiction for accelerated justice because justice delayed is justice denied. Preliminary medical reports show that the child will undergo series of plastic surgery because of part of the ear that has been chopped off, the head that has been mutilated, the mouth that has been mutilated” he said,