Mikaeel appeared to have
food poisoning since he became sick after eating at a restaurant.
Rosdeep Adekoya, his mother, was upset about his becoming sick and not
to his advantage. Instead of trying to figure out what was wrong with
her son, Rosdeep decided it was some how his own fault and she began to
hit him with her fist. The third time Mikaeel vomited, this made her so
angry that she dragged Mikaeel to the shower and beat him the entire
time he was laying over the edge of the tub.
Rosdeep reported her son missing and it caused hundreds of people,
along with Police, the Coast guard and other to organize a search of
his neighborhood as well as the woods around their home, a 20 mile area
was searched for two days before Mikaeel's body was found.
A search of her computer showed that Rosdeep had done searches for
articles such as: "I find it hard to
love my son"
, "I love all of
my children except one"
am I so aggressive with my son"
and "Get rid of bruises"
Adekoya was 34 years old when she was arrested and charged with the
murder of her son.
Rosdeep was said to have punched and hit her son over and over and
striking his body against a hard object which caused blunt force trauma
injuries, during the days of January 12 and January 14. Additionally,
Rosdeep was charged with not taking her son to the hospital for
medical treatment which might have saved his life. Reports say that
Rosdeep wrapped Mikaeel's body in a bedspread, put him in a suitcase
and driving to a home where they used to live. When she reached the
house, Rosdeep buried her son.
Advocate depute Alex Prentice was prosecuting and he said that Mikaeel
suffered horribly over those few days. He was not taken to day care or
to the Doctor because the bruises and other injuries would have been
"He would have been in
significant pain but was put to bed. The pain would have
significantly while Mikaeel became dangerously ill and finally dying as
result of the injuries inflicted upon him by the accused. It was during
the night that
died, the accused discovered his body on the floor when wakening the
Rosdeep took Mikaeel's twin sister to day care and then drove to the
home she used to share with other family members, to bury her son:
"At that time, it
appears that the accused had placed Mikaeel's body in a suitcase
put him in the boot of her car"
Rosdeep's cell phone was tracked traveling from Edinburgh across the
Forth Bridge. In court, she dabbed her eyes while the charges against
her were read. First responders told about how she had seemed upset
when she called to say that her son was missing. When telling the story
of what happened, Rosdeep contradicted herself many times and her story
changed so much that Police started to suspect something was wrong.
Rosdeep told Police:
"It was an accident and
I panicked. I am going to go to the jail"
When asked where her son was, she told him that he ws in the woods
behind her sister's home and then she took Police to show them where
she had buried the suitcase with Mikaeel's body and covered it with
tree branches. As Detective Sergeant Phil Rishards open the suitcase,
he found Mikaeel's body and knew that he was for sure, dead. Alex
"It's likely that the
internal damage was inflicted during this last beating. If medical
had been called for, death might not have resulted"
Mikaeel had over 40 injuries and bruises on his body which included
bruises on his back, chin, cheek and trauma to his brain as well as
hemorrhage in his spinal cord and injuries to his arms. Defense Lawyer,
Brian McConnachie QC said that this case was a true tragedy, mostly for
Mikaeel who had lost his life at such an early age adding that it was a
horrible time for Mikaeel's father and other family members who were
shocked by the fact that Rosdeep had caused the death of her son. Brian
told the court:
"Rosdeep Adekoya is not
a monster. It would appear she has been a young mother
number of underlying problems which the court will hear about in due
five young children. It seems that there has been an accumulation of
have caused Rosdeep Adekoya to act towards Mikaeel over a relatively
of time, less than 24 hours, in a manner she has never acted in the
any of her other children. It appears from every source that this has
been a brief
when this young woman has lost her temper and behaved in a way which is
out of character for her"
Brain went on to tell the court that Rosdeep will have to live for the
rest of her life knowing that she had killed one of her children and
that her initial reaction of acting as though nothing happened was
because she panicked. A psychological analysis had been ordered for
Rosdeep. Mikaeel's father left the courtroom without saying a word and
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham of the Police said:
disappearance and death deeply impacted on his family. It also
the community in which he lived. During the initial stages of the
for information about Mikaeel's whereabouts as concern for him grew. The
community assisted us greatly in that search. What followed was an
of support and assistance to one of the biggest missing person
Scotland had undertake. Sadly, our inquiries lead us to Kirkcaldy the
night after he
reported missing and the discovery of his body. I would like to take
sincerely thank the public for all of the help during the search
efforts and the continued
provided to Police and Mikaeel's family during the course of this
In July of 2014, Rosdeep Adekoya who was 35 years old at the time and
had originally been charged with murder, plead guilty to a lesser
charge of culpable homicide and attempting to defer the ends of
justice. In August of 2014, Judge Lord Glennie said that Rosdeep had
acted with cruel and inexcusable behavior:
"Mikaeel was by all
accounts a healthy, happy little boy. By your actions, however
have not only robbed Mikaeel of his young life but left a gaping hole
in the lives of all who
him. You are clearly an intelligent and articulated young woman. There
is no history of
by you towards any of your children. That makes it all the more
difficult to understand
actions. I do not suppose that you really understand why you did what
In an attempt to get a lesser sentence, Brian McConnachie told the
"There is no sentence
your Lordship can impose in this case which will
be deemed sufficient by what appears to be an ill informed mob who are
no doubt at this moment waiting to express their outrage and
Brian went on to talk about
how Rosdeep had suffered from depression and she had been having a hard
time adjusting to being a mother after she and her husband had
divorced. He said that her relationship with the father of the twins
was one that was met with disapproval of her family members and that
Rosdeep had not abused Mikaeel for months and months, that she had,
just that one time, lost her temper.
These kinds of comments make me SO
angry. The child is no less dead for whatever reasons they come up with
to defend the killer of the child. Mikaeel was a human being, a child
who depended on this woman for all of his needs. If she couldn't cope,
she could have given him away or asked for help, instead, she chose to
beat him to death.
Rosdeep has three children with her husband, Omotosao Adekunle Adekoya,
sons nine year old Tarun and seven year old David along with one
daughter, five year old Renuka. With Zahid Saeed, she had twins Mikaeel
and Ashika who was three years old just like her twin brother.
Judge Lord Glennie sentenced Rosdeep to only 11 years in prison for the
beating death of her son. Rosdeep spoke through tears