The Ondo State Police Command has arrested one 28-year-old Mary Mathew for locking up her 4-year-old foster child Precious Michael in a confinement inside a bush for 5 months. Following her arrest, Mary told authorities that Precious had HIV and was a witch which prompted her to lock the child away in a nearby bush where she has been staying since 5 months ago.
She explained that the little girl was placed in her care by a relative after her biological mother died in December 2015.
Confirming the incident, Ondo State commissioner for Police Hilda Harrison said:
"Mary Mathew and her husband who alleged that the girl was possessed and thus decided to lock her outside the house. On receipt of the information, personnel attached to Juvenile Welfare Center of the police command visited the scene and met the girl in the cage as reported.
"She (the girl) was immediately rescued and taken to police clinic for medical attention while the suspects are under interrogation and will soon be charged to court."