Police said a Nigerian woman admitted to drowning her 1-year-old daughter earlier this month because the child was getting in the way of her education.
Kelv’s World Concept reports Adisa Funmilola, 22, of Lagos, turned herself Tuesday, telling police that she killed her child out of frustration.
“I did it for three reasons,” Funmilola said, according to the report. “First, I didn’t have the financial might to take care of her. Second, I was tired and frustrated. But the most painful reason is that she deprived me of actualizing my dream of becoming a lawyer.”
Police suspect the woman may have mental health problems based on her family medical history, the report states.
According to police, Funmilola said her baby’s father, Folarin Yusuf, also is a university student. She said he denied being the baby’s father and pressured her to have an abortion. Funmilola said she considered an abortion until her family encouraged her to choose life for her child.
Police said earlier this month, she filled a bucket with water and held her daughter under the water until she drowned. Then, she said she went to the police station and reported herself.
“The person that is responsible for the pregnancy rejected me. I live with my sister, who has no job and I am also not working,” she said.
Here’s more from the report:
Asked why she didn’t take the child to an orphanage home or put the child up for adoption and if she was aware of the magnitude of her offense, Adisa said:
“ I wanted to drop her at the church but I realized that it was only death that will free me from that child. I am not in school because of her and even if I tell my father, he will also force me to stay and take care of the baby. My life will be ruined. “
“If they kill me no problem. The most important thing is that I have killed the baby and I am free from that baby. I don’t care,” she said.
Like abortion, infanticide is a horrific problem across the world. Many countries have safe haven laws and other resources in place to save babies from infanticide. In America, all 50 states have safe haven laws that allow mothers to safely surrender their infant child at a police station or hospital without repercussions. Some European and Asian countries also have baby boxes where women can safely surrender their infant child if they cannot take care of the baby.