16 Sep 2016

Woman Speaks On Why She Dumped Her Two-Hour-Old Baby

31-year-old Ifunanya Eme was arrested, on Tuesday, by detectives attached to Ajangbadi Police Division, Lagos, for dumping her day-old baby by the roadside at Ojo, at about 3am, two hours after her birth. The baby was found by a passer-by who alerted the police.

An investigation was initiated to discover the mother. Their first clue came when some neighbours alerted the D.P.O, Alim Musa, about the pool of blood trickling out of a neighbour’s house. When the police got to the residence, Eme admitted to her offence.

She said she had three kids in her previous marriage but left them with her elder sister in Enugu State to take care of them before she relocated to Lagos “to hustle”. She then got pregnant for another man, John, in Lagos. She said: “I gave birth to the baby about 1a.m. in our general toilet.

The man responsible for the pregnancy denied me. I was staying in Ajah, but relocated to Ajamgbadi where I was offered a job in a factory. When I thought about losing the job, I made up my mind to dump the baby that has already put me in problem.

The baby is a child of destiny because, I did not go for ante-natal throughout the pregnancy. The day I was in labour, I did not seek assistance from anybody. I went to the toilet with a knife. I delivered myself of the baby and I used it to cut the placenta.

In fact, I made up my mind that I must do away with the baby. I don’t want to be embarrassed in future by the baby who would ask of her father. After cleaning myself, I took the baby and dumped her at the roadside, before going inside to sleep. I never thought of going back to check her.

My intention was for someone to pick her and take care of her. I am sorry for my action. Nobody knew I was pregnant because I had a flat stomach. I will train her if they give her back to me.” The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the baby was found wrapped in a sack and the command had taken custody of the baby.

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