A father, Benedict Anieze, 29, arrested for smashing his month-old baby to death during a scuffle with his teenage wife, has said it was not a deliberate act.
The suspect, in police custody since April for alleged murder of his daughter, said he slipped while carrying the baby and she fell.
Anieze was also alleged to have set fire on their apartment where his dead baby and wife were after he smashed the newborn’s head on the floor.
It was alleged that the suspect was drunk at the time he committed the crime and it took the quick intervention of neighbours to rescue his wife from the inferno.
“I carried my baby, my foot slipped from the ground and my baby dropped and died. I will not deliberately carry my daughter and smash her head on the ground like that. A baby my wife carried in her tummy for nine months. Despite all the health challenges she went through, I was with her till she gave birth,” he said.
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