A 28-YEAR old woman, Miss Precious Susan Eze, was paraded by Edo State police for dumping her day old baby girl inside a pit toilet after delivering the baby by herself. The baby was, however, rescued alive. The suspect, who hails from Imo State, when asked by newsmen on why she dumped her baby into the toilet at 12.00 a.m, refused to respond but a resident of the house where Precious carried out the alleged crime, said that no one was convinced that the suspect was pregnant as she successfully concealed the pregnancy from them.
She stated that when she was getting signs of labour, she requested for a wrapper from her and entered the toilet. Orobosa disclosed that it was the screaming from Precious in the toilet that aroused curiosity and when she asked her what was the problem, she claimed that she was undergoing severe menstrual pains.
According to her, she quickly alerted neighbours who, on arrival, heard the cry of the baby as it battled with maggots inside the pit toilet for several hours before she was rescued by neighbours that used a ladder to reach the baby. Some residents said that Precious had only spent one month in the house and that the father of the child, a Togolese, was not aware of Precious whereabouts.
Police spokesman, ASP Peter Ogboi, said that Precious would be charged to court for attempted murder, adding that the said baby was now in the custody of Edo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. The state commissioner for women affairs and social development, Hajia Maimuna Momodu, could not be reached for comments.
Source: Vanguard Nigeria