Nigerian boy arrested for killing his mom in US

The Austin Police Department in Texas has arrested a 20-year-old University of Texas student, Eyitoluwa Olayeye, for reportedly killing his mother.

The police arrested Eyitoluwa after responding to an emergency call made by the Holiday Inn Express at 805 Neches St. just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6. His mother, 48-year-old Kehinde Olayeye had flown to Austin from Georgia with her sister to visit Eyitoluwa on Tuesday. A few days back, Dell Seton medical center released him where he underwent a psychiatric evaluation for touching someone inappropriately.

Kehinde’s sister told the police that the suspect kept saying “I pray that God brings us together” on the phone before his friends told his mother what happened on campus. She said this prompted the unplanned visit to Austin. She also said Eyitoluwa told them that the hospital was trying to hold him because of a mental issue, but he “just told them what they wanted to hear so they would let him go.”

A security guard at the Holiday Inn told investigators he heard loud noises coming from Eyitoluwa’s room around 4:30 a.m and asked them to keep it down. But he said the noises grew louder and it sounded like people were fighting and banging on the wall.

Police arrest suspect

The policemen found him lying on the back of his mother who was face down on the floor. In the affidavit released, “a bloody pillow was observed inside the room”. Austin-Travis County EMS medics tried to resuscitate her but they pronounced her dead at 6:12 a.m.

Suspect gives statement

Eyitoluwa told the police he is a junior at UT and went to class on Tuesday. According to the police, he had wounds on his left elbow and bicep, a swelling on the right side of his face and a bruise on the inside of his right bicep. He told investigators he was in class on Tuesday, played basketball at the rec center. The suspect said he then went to the UT Tower to pray.

He also told investigators that he remembered being taken to the hotel by his aunt and mother, lying on the bed with his mother who prayed for him before finding himself at the back of a police car with no idea of how he got there. The University of Texas student, however, told the police that he has never been diagnosed as bipolar or manic. When told his mother was dead, he allegedly said he must have killed her because “no one else was there.”

Charges against suspect

Eyitoluwa Olayeye is currently charged with aggravated assault and a second-degree felony. It was further gathered that his late mother suffered a deep skull hemorrhaging, hemorrhaging around the neck. She also suffered lacerations to her inner mouth and petechial hemorrhaging, as well as soft signs of strangulation.

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