A foreign national in the United States on a tourist visa has been charged with attempted kidnapping after allegedly trying to kidnap and murder a baby.
Precious Chigbue, a 24-year-old Nigerian national, is accused of attempted kidnapping following an incident at a Lynn, Massachusetts, laundromat where he allegedly took a woman’s baby before being stopped, according to the Daily Item.
According to police, Chigbue has now admitted that he was planning to slit the baby’s throat when he originally took the child at the laundromat. The Daily Item reports:
After police detained Chigbue, an officer asked him what he planned to do with the little girl that he had taken and he reportedly said “I was thinking about killing the kid,” according to a police report obtained at Lynn District Court.
After Chigbue was taken to the Lynn Police Station, he again expressed his interest in “killing a baby” and when an officer asked him how he planned to do that, he responded by saying “I was going to slit her throat,” court documents show.
Chigbue, according to court records, is a relatively new arrival to the U.S., only arriving four months ago from Nigeria. According to the foreign national’s relative, Chigbue and his two brothers — who live together — were sent to the U.S. by their father on tourist visas but planned to overstay their visas and obtain permanent residence in the U.S.
The relative told police that, despite obtaining a visa to the U.S., Chigbue had a troubled past in Nigeria, including illegal drugs and serious mental health issues.
Chigbue, when he was living in Nigeria, was eventually committed to a psychiatric hospital for a year, the relative said. However, he was released by doctors who claimed the foreign national had recovered from his mental illnesses.
Aside from the alleged kidnapping incident and his apparent longing to murder a child, the relative said Chigbue had recently accused one of his brothers of being a witch and was obsessed with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Police said during questioning that Chigbue had asked a detective if he had voted for Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.
In 2016, nearly 630,000 foreign nationals overstayed their visas or green cards, and as of January 2017, 545,000 of those foreign nationals had still not left the U.S., as Breitbart News reported.