While many families will do a lot to have a child to call theirs, a woman, Mary James (35), newly delivered of a baby girl, chose to abandon her day-old baby girl, on a refuse dump, not far from her residence, in Otokiti village, Lokoja, Kogi State.
Some residents of Otokiti community woke up Tuesday morning, only to be confronted with the riddle of an abandoned day-old child on a refuse dump.
Further riddle was to present itself as the baby was said to have disappeared from the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, where she was taken to.
The bewildered residents were to contact the D’ Divisional Police Headquarters in Lokongoma and officials of the state mininistry of women affairs and social development.
The combined efforts of some members of the community and the authorities yielded results as the mother of the newborn was identified.
She was later handed over to the police for discreet investigation.
The baby was taken to the specialist hospital for medical attention.
One of the residents who is privy to it all, Ayodeji Ubeida, said they were dismayed when they learnt of the baby’s disappearance from the hospital.
“The baby was handed over on that day, and the mother who dumped it even breastfed it at the station, but to our utter dismay, we learnt that the child in the hospital has disappeared into thin air, while the mother is still in the police custody.
“This sudden disappearance of the child is a concern to the community. The ministry of women affairs and social development should speak out,” he demanded.
As at the time of filing this report, all efforts made to get the reactions of the police and authorities of the hospital proved abortive, while the office of the ministry had closed for the day.