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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Mother confesses to killing her one-day-old baby

An 18-year-old mother, name withheld, has confessed to killing her one-day-old baby after being arrested and interrogated by the Jigawa State policemen.

The police followed up on the case after getting intel that a lady gave birth but the baby went missing.

As a result of the interrogation, the police discovered that the baby was strangled to death and buried in the bush with the assistance of the suspect's stepmother.

During an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse on Monday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, revealed that the stepmother is now at large. He added that the baby was delivered as a result of an unwanted pregnancy.

“An information from reliable source had it that one young lady aged 18 of Dandabi village in Ringim LGA has given birth to a baby boy, however, the baby was nowhere to be seen.

“As a result, the police arrested the suspect for interrogation. An investigation revealed that the suspect after eight months’ pregnancy, was on January 31, taken to one house in Sankara village by her stepmother where she was given injections by medical personnel also at large.

“A day after, that was on February 1, she gave birth to a baby boy which was killed instantly and buried in a bush.

“Police later discovered where the corpse of the baby was buried, exhumed and took it to hospital for doctor’s analysis,” Jinjiri said.

According to him, a 20-year-old man of the same village, who was responsible for the pregnancy, has also been arrested by the police.

Jinjiri added that the police have launched a manhunt to arrest the two fleeing suspects, while an investigation into the case was ongoing.