But when he was brought before journalists by the Katsina State Police Command on Friday, the reason he gave for r*ping the toddler was shocking.
Dansale said he violated the baby girl because of his desperation to become rich in life.
The petty trader told journalists at the police headquarters in Katsina where he and other suspects were paraded, that he had several dreams in which he became rich once he had s*xual intercourse with a toddler.
The father of six said in Hausa, “I had s*xual intercourse with the baby girl because I saw it in several dreams I had that it was the way for me to become successful in life. I dreamt that all my suffering in life would end. This is why I did it.
“I truly believed that if I had s*xual intercourse with her, all my predicaments would vanish. I would not have to run around to make ends meet anymore.”
Dansale said he married the mother of the baby girl following the death of his first wife who had six children for him.
He however kept mum when asked whether he was remorseful for his action.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Usman Abdullahi, said Dansale would be charged to court soon.
The child is still on admission at the Turai Umar Yar’Aadua Maternity and Children Hospital, Katsina, where she is receiving treatment.
She was admitted to hospital on Wednesday after a referral from General Hospital, Malumfashi, where doctors confirmed that she had suffered critical injury due to the r*pe.
The baby's biological dad, Ibrahim Nuhu, told newsmen at the premises of the hospital in Katsina on Thursday that he had separated from the mother before she married Dansale.