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D’banj’s 1 year old son drowned yesterday in their Ikoyi residence yesterday afternoon and like you would expect, condolences from fans and cohorts have filled up the Nigerian social media space.
Unpopular opinions however on social media have lambasted D’banj and wife, blaming them for the incident. Negligence and failure to perform parental obligations during the time of the little boy’s demise being the main point of their argument.
A fan of the singer who is also in this line of thought took to a popular Nigerian forum to share his view on the matter also revealing why D’banj might be prosecuted and jailed for upto 5 years. Read below:
In most states, child abuse or negligence may be charged as either a felony or a less serious offence, depending on the circumstances. The most severe cases of child abuse can carry felony lifetime sentences, while the least serious cases are considered gross misdemeanors which could potentially result in no prison time. Punishment will typically be more severe if the offender has a prior record of criminal child abuse activity and greatly reduced if there is no prior record.
For sentencing purposes, a person charged with child abuse or negligence may enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or no contest. In a large number of cases, sentencing can include probation or a prison term of up to five years.
Sentencing in more serious cases may include a longer prison term.
Other possible penalties and/or consequences can include:
Lifetime requirement to register as a child sexual offender
Termination of parental rights
No right to bear a child
Supervised access to the child
Physical or actual loss and enjoyment of a child
Continual involvement with a child protective services agency. *That swimming pool should have been hedged.*