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Pastor arrested for cutting off fingers of 2-year-old girl

By Mason White 11:43 AM March 16, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A pastor was arrested and charged with child abuse after allegedly cutting off the fingers of a little girl, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos State Police arrested 49-year-old Moyo Martins, after being accused of cutting the fingers of two-year-old Saidat Faleye.

The incident happened when Bola Faleye, the child’s mother, left her child in the care of Martins on Thursday. After she left, the child suddenly began screaming from pain that attracted the attention of neighbors.

Neighbors alerted the mother, who came back to the home of Martins to see that her girl had two of her fingers cut off. The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect initially denied doing anything to the girl. However, after his arrest, he confessed that he did it by mistake and pleaded for forgiveness. In court, Martins pleaded not guilty to a charge of child abuse.

The pastor was released after posting bail in the amount of N100,000 ($607).