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Parents charged in horrific murder of their 4-year-old daughter who was boiled alive on New Year’s day.

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A Michigan couple has been charged with one of the most heinous murders that is being referred to as the “worst child death case” ever after their 4-year-old daughter died in a “scalding bath” in Michigan.

Candice Diaz, 24, and Brad Fields, 28, were charged with murder, torture, and child abuse and both denied bail. Gabrielle died on New Year’s Day after living a life filled with abuse. Doctors say she suffered multiple injuries, including severe burns on her limbs after she was in a bath with scalding hot water.

A medical practitioner, who examined Gabrielle Barrett’s body, described the alleged murder as the “worst child death case” in 27 years of his career, according to a court document. The document also allegedly states that the four-year-old was burned so badly that her big toe fell off, and police found melted skin in the drain.

Parents charged in horrific murder of their 4-year-old daughter who was boiled alive on New Year

Gabrielle’s mother, Diaz, and her partner, Fields, from Michigan, were arrested seven days later in Georgia. Sumpter Township Police Department reported that both parents have a history of severe mental illness. Candice suffers from bipolar disorder and Brad suffers from schizophrenia. Diaz said she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Fields said that he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Diaz claimed that Gabrielle had run her own bath, which had been the cause of her burns, but that she didn’t take her child to a doctor or to hospital.

The court file read: “The mother claimed she ran Gabrielle’s bath and placed Gabrielle into the tub after she filled the tub halfway. The mother then claimed she left Gabrielle alone in the tub and went to the kitchen to make pancakes.”

When she returned, Diaz claimed that she discovered the water level had risen and her daughter was submerged in water up to her nose.

Parents charged in horrific murder of their 4-year-old daughter who was boiled alive on New Year

The mother said she called Brad to the bathroom for help. According to the mother, Gabrielle continued to vomit, and Fields attempted to provide CPR.”

There were more “problems” with the girl at 10.05am, before police were eventually called 36 minutes later. When police arrived, they found cocaine in the home.

Gabrielle’s biological father, Kyle Barrett, said he had no knowledge of what had happened in the house. He said he last saw his daughter in September before turning himself into police on unrelated charges. He was released from prison on January 3, two days after his daughter’s death.

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Nigeria Customs suggest 35% levy on imported vehicles reduction to check smuggling.

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The Comptroller-General of Customs, Col Hameed Ali (retd.) has called on the Federal Government to reduce the 35 per cent levy on imported vehicles so as to check the rising cases of smuggled vehicles into the country.

Ali said this on Wednesday in Abuja at the unveiling of a Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative which was held at the Ministry of Finance.

He said already the Nigeria Customs Service had made a proposal to the Ministry of Finance on the need for a reduction in the 35 per cent levy on imported vehicles.



Ali said currently, any new vehicle imported into the country attracted an import duty of 35 per cent and an additional levy of 35 per cent.

This, he noted, brought the total duty payable on such a vehicle to about 70 per cent.

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He described the 70 per cent being charged by the government as high, adding that time had come for it to be reduced.

In achieving this, he said, the government could still retain the 35 per cent import duty while the additional 35 per cent levy could be tinkered by bringing it downwards.

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He said, “First, we must understand the fact that smuggling in most cases did not really occur because of the tariff that is placed on goods in Nigeria.

“When we talk about vehicles, yes, new vehicles attract 70 per cent duty; that is 35 per cent duty and 35 per cent levy but most of the vehicles that are being smuggled through our borders are not new vehicles, they are used vehicles.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, who unveiled the Strategic Revenue Growth Initiative, said that the government was concerned about the inability of some of its agencies to meet their revenue target.

She admitted that it had become a challenge for the government to mobilise fiscal resources to deliver on its developmental objectives, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that revenue generation needed to be enhanced.

According to her, while oil revenue to oil Gross Domestic Product ratio stands at about 39 per cent, non-oil revenue to non-oil GDP is about 4.2 per cent.

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24 days to Election in Nigeria, Obiageli Ezekwesili quits presidential race.

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The leading female candidate in Nigeria’s presidential election said on Thursday she had withdrawn from the race weeks ahead of the poll to help build a coalition to provide a viable alternative to the country’s two main parties.

Former government minister Obiageli Ezekwesili, co-founder of a group to raise awareness about more than 200 girls kidnapped by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram in 2014, said on Twitter that she had been in talks for three months with other candidates about a coalition.



Nigeria’s presidential election is scheduled to take place on Feb. 16. The main candidates in the race to head Africa’s top oil producing country are the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, and Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president who is representing the main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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“I have decided to step down from the presidential race and focus on helping to build a coalition for a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the 2019 general,” said Ezekwesili in a tweet.

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Ezekwesili was not considered to be among the frontrunners in the race. Analysts see President Buhari and Abubakar as the only genuine contenders due to the financial power and patronage networks provided by their parties.

Ezekwesili, a former government minister, is a founder of the civil society organization Transparency International. She was considered for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her anti-corruption work.

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