The Lagos State Police Command is considering conducting an autopsy to determine whether three-year-old Ifeanyi Adeleke, son of popular musician Davido and his fiancée, Chioma Rowland, drowned in a swimming pool.
The police have also released six domestic workers and detained two others in connection with the unfortunate incident at Davido’s residence in Lagos State’s Banana Island neighborhood.
According to PUNCH, a source who confirmed the development said it was standard procedure for the police to conduct an autopsy in such a case, but that the police would back down if the deceased family members objected.
“Though the family members are not saying anything yet because they are still in shock but until anybody says stop, the standard procedure is to conduct an autopsy and we are going to follow that procedure just like in any case of death,” the source said.
The source went on to say that, of the eight domestic workers questioned by police in connection with Ifeanyi’s death, the cook and nanny, whose job it was to look after the three-year-old boy, had been detained for reasons including failing to uphold the minor’s duty of care.
The source said, “It was the work of the nanny to take care of the child (Ifeanyi); the nanny was negligent or how could the boy have left the house without her knowledge?
“The boy left the house, walked to the back where the swimming pool is situated and fell into the swimming pool. Nobody noticed until much later. At that point in time, he had drowned and was at the bottom of the swimming pool.
“So, they brought him out and rushed him to the Lagoon Hospital, where the doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive him. They left the hospital and rushed the boy to Evercare Hospital, where he was declared dead.
“They have deposited his corpse in the mortuary for an autopsy to reveal the cause of death. All the domestic workers at home when the incident happened have been questioned by the police but only the nanny and cook were detained.”
The state police spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, who confirmed the detention of the two domestic workers said, “I spoke with the DPO and he said the nanny and the cook have been detained. Other domestic workers brought in for questioning were released.”
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