“Uncle rapes 2-year-old niece after mother went for church program”

Ijeoma Ucheibe posted the following to Facebook on January 8…

“As I’m writing this, my heart is bleeding. We have been battling to save the life of a 2-year-old toddler who was raped by her father’s younger brother since 9pm yesterday.

“The baby just stabilized and is coming around after about 6 hours on the ventilator. She has arrested three times.

“The mother left her with her uncle yesterday afternoon whilst going for a women’s program in church. She got back to meet her baby screaming uncontrollably. A neighbour’s daughter, a 5-year-old confirmed, that Uncle Emma had sent them out of his room but not before putting a finger inside Precious pants.

“Right now, this toddler is unconscious, with all the paraphernalia of rape…bruises on her thigh, fracture of the right femur, gaping hole in the vagina, vagina wall bleeding, crepitation in the chest (I’m postulating she choked on the Fanta Uncle Emma gave her to cajole her and aspirated).

“She was brought in shock around 8pm and arrested as I stepped into the paediatric critical care unit to review her. Hence she was resuscitated, intubated and connected to a vent. Had to put in a central line as venous access was impossible and she needed fluid n blood.

“Did I mention that she’s paper white?

“What could be fascinating in this babies that is making them the target of sexual abuse?

“She’s coming round but is so sick that she cannot even respond to pain again. As I seat by this vent, monitoring her I decided to call on mothers to be more vigilant. If that 2-year-old girl had been better educated, she might have been able to sense danger earlier and call for help.

“I know it’s not easy but children both males and females are so vulnerable. Parents, please fathers, mothers can’t do it alone. Let’s rise to this social vice against our children. I’m just so sad. It’s now so rampant.

“Pasted as received. This broke my heart and I’m still in shock.”

Written by Rotimi Akinola

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