A 27-year-old nursing mother, Mabel Enwongomfon–Umoh, is currently battling for her life after her neighbour, Esther Williams, emptied a bucket of boiling water on her during a disagreement in the compound they both reside in the Isheri area of Lagos State.
Woman pours hot water on nursing mother
A woman is in trouble for pouring hot water on her neighbour who is nursing a two-month-old baby
According to punch Newspaper, Williams who is said to be in her 30s, was arrested by the Isheri division of the State Police Command over the incident which took place on Thursday, December 24, 2015, around 8pm.
The attack has left Mabel, who was still breastfeeding her two-month-old baby, with severe burns on many parts of her body, including her two breasts and abdomen and has not been able to breast feed her baby as she is lying helplessly in the hospital.
Mabel's husband, Umoh, narrated that Williams attempted to escape after assaulting his wife, but he was able to apprehend and hand her over to the police.
The victim narrated that it was a fight between some of her co-tenants in front of her room that led to the incident, explaining that Williams, who poured the water on her, had nothing to do with the quarrel.
“My neighbour’s brother and his girlfriend were fighting and they pushed themselves to the front of my door. When I could not cope with the disturbance again, I went outside to call the guy’s sister to come and separate them or make them leave our entrance.
As I was going back to my room, Williams, who had nothing with the fight, asked why I called the sister, saying I was interfering in something that did not concern me. I told her that they were fighting in front of my room, but she pushed me.
I was surprised because we never had a quarrel before then. That was how we started shouting on each other.
The noise attracted the attention of my husband who was in the room with our two children. He came to separate us and I was already going back to my room when Mabel ran into her room to carry the bucket of water and poured it on me.
I was in the front while my husband was behind me. Suddenly, she went into her room and came out with a bucket and poured the content on me.
I have been in serious pain since then, and I have not been able to breast feed my two-month-old baby, who is my second child.”
A police source confirmed the arrest of Williams, saying that she has confessed to the crime and blamed the devil for the act, while she would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigations.
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