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Nigeria: Father Padlocks Son's Mouth And Beats Him To Death For Being An 'Evil Child' (GRAPHIC IMAGE)

26/02/2014 11:14 GMT | Updated 26/02/2014 11:59 GMT

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A father has been arrested after he allegedly padlocked his son's mouth shut to stop him from screaming while he savagely beat him to death in Nigeria.

Chris Elvis, 30, allegedly accused his four-year-old son Godrich of being an "Ogbanje" or a "child of evil."

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The security guard beat the little boy, burned him all over his body with a hot iron and then locked him in a plastic drum, according to court documents, the Nigerian Tribune reported.

His landlady called the police after returning to find the boy's brutalised body.

Elvis is being held in custody after being charged with murder – he has allegedly justified the attack by blaming the child for his bad luck in recent days.

Religious leaders in Nigeria often claim children are possessed by the devil and blame them for local disasters.

Preachers often turn their attentions to children - naming them as witches.