It was gathered that the incident occurred at the Bajare Camp in the Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Witnesses told our correspondent that the thugs attacked Beatrice on the instruction of a middle-aged woman, identified simply as Toyin, following a disagreement between the women.
One of the witnesses said the disagreement between Toyin and Beatrice led to a free-for-all. He added that Toyin left the scene and came back with some thugs who she allegedly ordered to beat up Beatrice.
He said, “During the scuffle, the baby boy, who was strapped to his mother’s back was smashed against the floor by one of the thugs, leading to his death.”
It was gathered that the thugs immediately fled the area, while the toddler was rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Wole Ogodo, explained that the mother of the baby reported the matter at the police station, saying the suspect and her thugs had been arrested.
Ogodo said investigation had commenced into the matter, adding that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the police finished their probe.
He said, “People, who are having issues with one another should always cultivate the habit of reporting the case to the appropriate quarters for onward action rather than taking the law into their own hands.”
It was gathered that the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the Alade Idanre General Hospital mortuary for post-mortem.