Mother kills 1-year-old daughter by gouging out her eyes and drinking her blood

Young girl (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A mother was arrested on a charge of murder after allegedly killing her young daughter and drinking her blood, police in Nigeria said.

Imo police said that they have arrested 39-year-old Ifeoma Emedom, after being accused of gouging out the eyes of her 1-year-old daughter and drinking her blood as part of a religious ritual.

She was charged with one count of murder, and she was denied bail.

According to the police investigation, the married mother went into her husband’s shop when he was out of town, and killed her daughter.

When Azubuike Emedom, who was the father of the child, returned home and did not find his wife and the girl, he went outside looking for them. He then went to his shop, and realized that someone was inside.

He knocked, and when no one answered, he forced open the door and found his wife sitting next to his dead daughter. An autopsy revealed that the girl suffered broken bones.

Neighbors of the woman said that she was known for offering sacrifices to gods at the nearby river.