The Katsina Police Command says it has arrested a 28-year-old housewife for allegedly killing her 40-day-old step son.
The suspect resides in Majoji Village in Maiâ€™adua Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bensen Gwana, paraded the suspect before newsmen on Friday in Katsina.
â€œThe suspect allegedly poisoned the baby through giving him drinking water.
â€œThe mother of the baby suspected foul-play and took the baby to the Maiâ€™adua Hospital and later Daura General Hospital where it was confirmed that the boy was poisoned.
â€œThe baby died at the Daura General Hospital when medical experts failed to stop the continuous watery stooling and vomiting,â€� the police boss said.
Reacting to the allegation, the suspect denied that she intentionally killed the baby, saying that she only used her hand to give the baby the drinking water.
She said she had used her hand to spread rat poison but did not wash the said hand and gave the baby water with it.
â€œThe mother of the baby and my husband have forgiven me, but the parents of my co-wife were those insisting that I must be punished,â€� she told newsmen.