7 months old baby raped by Step-dad dies

The seven-month-old baby girl, Hauwa Ibrahim, raped by her stepfather, Magaji Dansale, at Dangaski village in the Musawa Local Government Area of Katsina State, died Thursday morning.

The state Police Commissioner, Usman Abdullahi, confirmed the development to journalists at a press conference in Katsina, on Thursday afternoon.

The commissioner said, “It is very sad and unfortunate. The seven-month-old baby girl, Hauwa Ibrahim, raped by her stepfather died this morning. The case will now change from rape to homicide . The culprit, Dansale will appear in court as soon as investigation is completed on the incident. It is very ,very sad.”

Sources told Northern City News that the baby girl had earlier undergone successful surgery at the Turai Umar Yaradua Maternity and Children Hospital, Katsina, before the complications which resulted in her death.

The baby girl was admitted at the hospital a fortnight ago after a referral from General hospital, Malumfashi where doctors there confirmed the alleged rape case.

The baby’s father, Ibrahim Nuhu, told journalists at the premises of the hospital in Katsina that the baby’s mother, Zinai Magaji, had separated with him and remarried Dansale.

Ibrahim who spoke in Hausa, said sometime ago ,the baby’s mother approached him, complaining that the baby had piles which made blood to be gushing out from her private parts and anus.

He said, he then took the baby to the General Hospital, Malumfashi where the doctors there, after examining the baby, insisted that the police must be involved as it was a rape case and not piles as claimed by the mother.

The baby’s anus and vagina were said to have been severally injured due to forceful entrance which the doctors at the hospital claimed, could have happened due to forceful entry into the baby’s vagina.

The baby was consequently referred to the Turai Umar Yaradua Maternity and Children Hospital, Katsina for further treatment while the police were called in.

The baby’s mother, Zinai also told journalists that she woke up from an unusual long sleep to find traces of blood and water on the baby’s private parts.

According to her, she assumed that the baby had piles. She added that the following day Dansale gave her some clothes to wash, among which was a trouser allegedly stained with blood and semen.

The 57-year-old Magaji Dansale was consequently arrested and has since been in police custody.

Dansale, also, told journalists at the state police headquarters that he raped his seven-month-old stepdaughter because of his urge to succeed in life and become comfortable.

The petty trader said he had several dreams that once he had sexual intercourse with a toddler, he would become successful, wealthy and comfortable.

The father of six said in Hausa, “I had sexual intercourse with the baby girl because I saw it in my several dreams that once I have sexual intercourse with a toddler, I would make it in life; I would be successful. All my runnings around would cease. So, I had to do it. I believe strongly that if I have sexual intercourse with her, all my predicaments would vanish. I would not be running around again to make ends meet as I would be comfortable and wealthy.”

Dansale said he married the mother of the baby girl following the death of his first wife who had six children for him.

He, however, kept mum when asked whether he was remorseful of his action.

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