A mum who beat her two-year-old daughter to death with a shoe will escape jail after doctors diagnosed her with schizophrenia.
Labake M., 31, killed her two-year-old daughter, Destiny, at a refugee shelter on the Aachner Strasse in the Weiden district of Cologne in Germany on December 9 last year.
The child suffered several broken bones and her face was almost completely destroyed.
Medics confirmed she died from traumatic head injuries.
The mother-of-two, who fled Nigeria to seek refuge in Germany, appeared in court following the horrific attack.
The father of the deceased girl, Chideral M., notified the police after Labake showed up at his home without his child and had trouble understanding what she was saying.
When asked where his child was, she replied: “She is there, where she belongs.”
Later when questioned about the death, she claimed it was not her fault and that it was an accident.
They couple each other at Libya in 2015 when Labake was working as a hairdresser.
She reportedly left a three-year-old child behind with her then mother-in-law and was looking to build a new life in Europe.
Labake and Chideral married and soon after and had their daughter Destiny.
However, Chideral ended the relationship and moved in with another woman instead, according to reports.
Labake started using cannabis regularly after their relationship ended and became heavily addicted to the drug, the court was told.
Around that time, she began developing psychiatric problems.
Labake applied for asylum in Germany but was rejected, and later appealed her application claiming her ex-husband had beaten her and threatened to kill her.
Friends and family said Labake loved her daughter dearly, but was depressed that her ex had left her.
Judge Dr Joerg Michael Bern ordered the mother be transported to a psychiatric institution, as experts deemed she was not responsible for her actions at the time of the murder.
The local youth protection authorities who were keeping an eye on the mother were also not blamed for the attack because her psychiatric issues had developed at a rapid rate.
Passing sentence, he 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.”
The judge added: “Nobody could have seen what would happen. A rapidly developing psychological problem that ended in catastrophe.”