"No parent should have to suffer this horrific event," said the boy's father.
Trigger warning: The story contains details of child abuse and murder that might be distressing to some readers.
"I find it hard to love my son."
"I love all of my children except one."
"Why am I so aggressive with my son."
"Get rid of bruises."
These were the kind of searches a mother named Rosdeep Adekoya made on the internet in the days leading to her son's body being found in a suitcase in Scotland. Before spurring a major two-day search, the mother called 999 to claim her son, Mikaeel, had climbed on top of a stool to unlock the front door. She managed to fool people into thinking the boy went missing, and thousands of well-wishers joined the search to find the three-year-old boy.
Eventually, Rosdeep broke down while speaking to the police and admitted her son passed away due to the abuse she put him through for days. "It was an accident and I panicked. I am going to go to the jail," the mother told the police. Mikaeel's father, Zahid Saeed, told Daily Record about how Rosdeep tried to cover up her son's death. "Any decent human being would have confessed straight away. She acted so callously, she tried to cover up his death as a mistake. It wasn’t a mistake. Any decent human with a conscience would have confessed at the beginning." After Rosdeep finally confessed to the police about her son's whereabouts, the woman said: "In the woods behind my sister's house," as quoted by BBC. Rosdeep, who also has four other children, then led the police to the spot where she dumped the suitcase containing her son's body.
As Mikaeel's body was inspected, officials found 40 injuries across his body, which were caused by the mother because the boy became unwell. Rosdeep claimed she "lost her temper" because the little boy felt sick after a family meal at a Nando's restaurant. Seeing young Mikaeel in a poor condition made the mother smack him on his body and head with a clenched fist, and when he felt sick again, Rosdeep dragged the boy by the arms to the shower. Then, she continued to "beat him heavily" while the boy was clearly unwell.
Over the course of four days in January, 2014, the mother abused her son and left him with injuries across his body. After stuffing Mikaeel's body in a suitcase, Rosdeep drove over to her sister's house and dumped her son's remains behind the residence, as reported by Mirror.
Although Rosdeep was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the death of her son in 2014, she was allowed to go free in April 2021, after serving just six years of her sentence. Shocked to learn from the media about Rosdeep being set free so early, Mikaeel's devastated father spoke up and told Daily Record, "No parent should have to suffer this horrific event. The justice system needs to change. Criminals like her should not be freed early.
Years after the boy's death, the father is still haunted by what Rosdeep did to their son and added, "It is hard to talk about but Mikaeels picture with that smile of his tells you everything you need to know about who he is. He always had that big smile on his face."
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