A CANNABIS-SMOKING mum who beat her infant daughter to death with a high-heeled shoe will not face jail because she had developed schizophrenia, a court has said.
The 31-year-old, identified only as Labake M., inflicted injuries to two-year-old Destiny so severe that her face was almost completely destroyed.
The incident occurred on December 9 last year.
Labake was living in a refugee shelter in Cologne, Germany, having arrived in the country from Nigeria, where she had been a hairdresser.
She had reportedly left a three-year-old child with her mother-in-law in Nigeria before travelling to Europe, and married Destiny’s father, named as Chideral M., after meeting him in Libya in 2015.
She had become a cannabis user after Chideral left her for someone else sometime after Destiny’s birth in November 2016.
‘CANNABIS BROUGHT ON SCHIZOPHRENIA’
The court heard Labake had developed schizophrenia, which many experts warn can be brought on by frequent cannabis use.
The belief is that cannabis can trigger dormant predispositions to psychological problems resulting from factors such as family history.
Labake is also thought to have been under pressure after her asylum application was rejected, although it had been put on appeal after she said her previous husband had beaten and threatened to kill her if he saw her again.
Chideral raised the alarm with police after Labake arrived at his home without the child and making little sense.
When he asked where Destiny was, she told him: “She is there, where she belongs.”
Medics who attended the scene after Destiny’s death could only confirm that she had died from massive head injuries.
Later when questioned about the death, Labake said it was not her fault and that it was an accident.
‘TOO QUICK FOR ANYONE TO INTERVENE’
The court heard from friends that Labake had been a loving mother to whom her child was everything until she began to experience psychological problems.
Destiny’s father was present at the court hearing, but reportedly stared at the floor and refused to make eye contact with her mother.
At the end of the court hearing, Judge Dr Joerg Michael Bern ordered Labake committed to a psychiatric institution, agreeing with experts that she had not been responsible for her actions at the time of the killing.
The local youth protection authorities, who were monitoring the mother because of depression, were also ruled blameless because her psychiatric issues had developed so quickly.
The judge said: “It is extremely difficult for me.
“Normally at the end of a court case you find somebody who is responsible.
“But if you look at this case – you find no one.
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“Nobody could have seen what would happen.
“A rapidly developing psychological problem that ended in catastrophe.”
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