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Friday, 7 April 2017

Nigerian couple arrested for fracturing and biting their 3-month-old baby to make him strong

Nigerian couple arrested for fracturing and biting their 3-month-old baby to make him strong

Providence police have arrested the Rhode Island parents of a baby who was found critically injured in their home on Constitution Street, a spokesperson for the department confirmed Tuesday.


Police said they learned of the abuse when Olawusi called 911 on Monday to report that his son was not breathing. Firefighters brought the 3-month-old boy to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Monday afternoon.


Prosecutors said the infant had at least a dozen fractures in his skull, arms and legs. He also had bite marks on his body and was found unconscious. Police have charged 33-year-old Arinola Olawusi and 40-year-old Olalekan Olawusi with child neglect. The couple is expected to be arraigned in District Court on Tuesday.


Arinola Olawusi told policed her husband bit the baby and pulled his legs to “make him grow and strong,” the Providence Journal reports. The boy was rushed to the hospital Monday with a range of injuries, including broken bones. He remains in critical condition.


It's not the first time The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) has been to the Olawusi residence. Their first child together, was taken away at birth.

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