Woman sprays pepper spray into 8-year-old maid’s eyes and private parts because she ate rice without permission

Pepper spray (illustration) 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A woman was arrested on a charge of child abuse after allegedly abusing her house maid with pepper spray, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos police said that they have arrested 40-year-old Deborah Gabriel, after being accused of spraying pepper spray into the eyes and private parts of her 8-year-old maid because she ate a plate of rice without permission.

Gabriel has since been charged with child abuse and assault against a minor. She was booked into the Kirikiri Prison, and was denied bail.

According to the police investigation, the girl worked for the woman for five months before the incident occurred. The girl told investigators that she took a plate of rice without permission because she was very hungry.

She went out of the house to eat the rice. When Gabriel went looking for her maid, she caught her eating rice in the backyard of the house.

Gabriel became angry and beat the girl. She then grabbed pepper spray and used it on the child’s eyes and private parts.

When the neighbors heard the girl cry, they called the police.