A Nigerian working as a nurse in United States has been accused of killing a 23-month old girl after she bathed her with scalding water a day after she resumed work at the deceased’s parents’ house.
Reports in international media have it that 54-year-old Oluyemisi Adebayo(pictured), a New York licensed nurse was hired to take care of a baby girl, Naomi (pictured right with mother), who was born prematurely.
The little girl died on Monday, about a week after she was bathed with the scalding water by her nurse.
According to prosecutors, Adebayo who may be jailed for life or for 25 years was arrested on Wednesday at Kennedy Airport as she tried to flee and board a flight to Nigeria.
She has been charged with murder.
Prosecutors rejected her claims that she tested the temperature of the hot water with her own hand before putting Naomi in the tub, and only noticed skin falling off Naomi’s legs after she took the girl out of the tub.
They said the water from the tub spigot reached 130 degrees, and it took about two minutes to reach the maximum temperature.
It was also said the injuries suffered by Naomi were consistent with her being submerged up to her waist in 130-degree water for about 30 seconds, and that medical personnel said Adebayo’s account did not at all match up to the injuries observed.
Late Naomi was the only child of her mother, who suffered two miscarriages before Naomi was born.