Sunday, November 20, 2016

Baby girl found abandoned in carton in Akwa Ibom State, cries to death

Residents were thrown into shock over the death of a baby found abandoned in 
biscuit carton along Ikot Ekpene Road in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

The baby girl, neatly dressed and abandoned near a refuse dump, supposedly cried herself to death.

According to reports, the unidentified baby became pale after a long 
period of crying, before passing out.

One of the witnesses said the 
mother might have abandoned the baby because she considered it a witch 
or she might have been driven by poverty.

"There are lot of children being thrown away like this in 
recent times because the mothers think they're witches or plagued by 
demon spirits or maybe for lack of what feed the children." the witness 

Mr. Okon Isaac, who was on his way to a fuel station along Ikot Ekpene Road, said he heard
the cry of a baby 
near the refuse bin.

"I have been here since 5:47 am. I wanted to buy 
fuel from Total, which only sells the product when available between the
hours of 4 and 6:20am. After this time, they stop selling pretending 
not to have the product. As I was passing, I heard the cry of the baby. I began to 
wonder where the baby was crying from, but when I got close to the 
refuse bin, just off the road, I saw a baby girl neatly dressed and 
dumped in a biscuit carton," said Mr Okon.

"I could not go to Total in search of fuel again. I stayed 
behind to observe if the mother of the baby might change her mind and 
come back for the baby. And before long, people started to troop in as they heard the 
cry of the baby. As we live in a period of child theft and selling of 
children for money, people were scared to touch the baby. They all stood helpless, should anyone risk lifting the baby, 
and the police happen to be around, the individual can be accused of 
child theft, or whatever." He added.

The police, who confirmed the incident said they were aware of 
the situation and had contacted the Ministry of Environment for 
necessary action.

Meanwhile, until the baby died; neither the police nor officials of the Ministry of Environment were seen at the scene.

Source: Child Right Rehabilitation Network (CRARN

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