A report emanating from Bong County says, a thirty five year old woman identified as Beatrice Moses has been arrested by the Liberia National Police for kidnapping a one day old baby from the CB Dunbar Maternal Hospital in Gbarnga.
Beatrice is currently behind bars at the Gbarnga Central Police Station awaiting court trial.
According to the report, the incident occurred earlier Monday morning at the CB Dunbar Hospital, when the mother of the missing new born baby left her baby with the unknown visitor to use the bathroom.
The Mother of the child (Bendu Karmoh), told reporters that the accused on Monday Morning around 6 to 7 AM entered the maternal wall and pretended to be in search of another mother who had just given birth to a child.
During the exchange she (the accused) requested to hold Bendu’s baby, saying that she was in love with the new born. It was based on this pretended affection that Bendu explained, she left the accused holding her child and asked for few minutes to use the bathroom. Bendu said she was accompanied to the bathroom by her sister who had also come to visit her.
She said upon her sister’s returned to the room, she realized that the stranger, who is said to be a resident of Monrovia had escaped with her new born baby in route to Gompa City Nimba County
She said upon hearing the news from the bathroom, she horribly ran out of the hospital compound and informed the police that her child is missing and she was in search of the baby.
Our correspondent said Bendu, a resident of Grand Cape Mount County had gone to the hospital to give birth.
The Superintendent of the Liberia National Police Bong Detachment, Col. Fredrick Nappy who confirmed the incident told reporters that on Monday morning he received a call from the Head of the Nursing Department alarming about the missing child at the government health facility.
He said they immediately placed phone calls to members of the Liberia Immigration Service at the border point in Gompa City Nimba County about the situation.
Col. Nappy said at noon hours, they finally received call from the Immigration Officers that the perpetrator had been arrested around Gompa, which prompted the police to dispatch a team of Police Officers on the scene to rescue the one day old baby.
According to our correspondent the accused told reporters that she stole the child because she has given birth four times but the four children were all dead.
She requested for mercy from the government through the Ministry of Justice to set her free stating that her action of kidnapping the young child was to replace her own which past off recently in Monrovia this week while giving birth.
“I am really in need of child that’s the reason I stole my friend child at the CB Dunbar Hospital this morning,” she adds.
The accused confirmed that she resides in Monrovia with her boyfriend who is not aware of her arrest in Gbarnga Bong County.
By: Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Othello B. Garblah