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Man starves his 17-year-old wife who is pregnant with his fourth child

By Mason White 2:44 PM November 6, 2014
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By: AWayne Morin
A man was arrested and charges of assault after he allegedly beat his pregnant wife, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos Police said that they arrested 35-year-old Simeon Ekwuruke, after he was accused starving his 17-year-old wife, who is pregnant with his fourth child.

According to the police investigation, the girl first became pregnant with Ekwuruke’s child when she was just 13 years old.
In four years, the couple is said to have had three children while living in his apartment on Ladafe Dada Street.

The woman, who is currently pregnant with the suspect’s fourth child, was assaulted by her husband. Ekwuruke claims that the four children are not his.

The girl told investigators that her husband has denied her food for the past two months. Ekwuruke was charged with one count of failure to provide for his family.

If convicted, Ekwuruke faces up to two years in prison. Ekwuruke was booked into jail and released after posting N100,000 ($ 598) bail.