Abandoned baby now in the Osu Children's Home (Saturday June 10, 2010, pg 3)

The Osu Children's Home has taken custody of the newly delivered baby boy whose scrotum was slashed by his mother, the body tied in a plastic bag and abandoned at Nima.

The  baby, who was referred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) from the Mamobi Polyclinic for surgery, was handed over to the home a week ago.

Authorities at the hospital said the transfer to the foster home was to help provide a permanent place of abode for the baby.

When contacted, the Home Managress of the Osu Children's Home, Mrs Sharon Abbey, confirmed that the baby was now in its fold.

"He is in good health and everything is being done to make his stay at the home comfortable," she stated.
The Daily Graphic of June 3, 2010 broke the tale of how a mother’s cruelty (or temporary insanity) and the survival instinct of a new-born baby sent the Kotobabi Police and residents of Mamobi in Accra on a massive hunt for a nursing mother who slashed the scrotum of her newly delivered baby and abandoned him in a tied plastic bag.

According to the story, confirmed by the Crime Officer of the Kotobabi Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) John Coffie,  one  Yaw Zakari, the security man of the Mother and Child Community Development Centre,  reported to work about 5.30 a.m. on May 27, 2010 and during routine inspection found something struggling in a plastic bag behind the school compound.

Alarmed by the spectacle and suspecting a snake, Zakari agitated the plastic bag with a stone, after which he heard the cry of a baby.

ASP Coffie said Zakari then moved closer to the bag and saw that it contained a baby.

He reported the matter to the police and a team of investigators detailed to the scene confirmed, after examination, that it was, indeed, a baby boy with the placenta and the umbilical cord still attached.
He said the baby was taken to the Mamobi Polyclinic, where a medical examination indicated that he had a cut on his scrotum and his arm, as a result of which he was bleeding profusely.

He was, therefore, referred to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for surgery.

Meanwhile, the Kotobabi Police are still searching for the perpetrator of the crime.

ASP Coffie said even though the police and the Mamobi Neighbourhood Watchdog Committee had intensified  their search for the culprit, the hunt had not yielded any fruit yet.

He, therefore, appealed to the public to volunteer information that would lead to the arrest of the nursing mother for the law to take its course.


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