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The Crimes Services Division (CSD) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in Gbarnga has charged and sent to court 35 – year – old woman Beatrice Moses for kidnapping a newborn baby.
Suspect Beatrice allegedly stole a one – day – old girl child from the C.B. Dunbar Maternal Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County on 11 March.

Suspect Beatrice is under detention at the Gbarnga Central Prison awaiting trial at the 9th Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga.

Over the weekend, Police Chief Superintendent Fredrick Nappy told our correspondent in Gbarnga that the incident occurred earlier on Monday morning at the C.B. Dunbar Hospital when the mother of the stolen newborn baby Bendu Karmoh wanted to use the bathroom and left her baby with a visitor.

According to Officer Nappy, the day child was stolen by suspect Beatrice about 6 to 7 PM.
The suspect, according to Officer Nappy had expressed love for the baby and asked Bendu to allow her (Beatrice) to hold the child.

Following the incident, Officer Nappy says police informed the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) at the border point in Gompa City, Nimba County about the situation.

He says the suspect was arrested by the LIS through the efforts of ordinary citizens upon her arrival at the checkpoint.

Officer Nappy reveals that suspect Beatrice is a resident of Monrovia and she had gone to Bong County to kidnap a baby.

For her part, the mother of the child Bendu Karmoh expresses delight over the efforts made by the joint security in Bong and Nimba Counties to rescue her newborn baby from suspect Beatrice.

Bendu Karmoh is said to be a resident of Grand Cape Mount County in western Liberia, but went to the maternal hospital to give birth.

Also speaking to our correspondent, suspect Beatrice Moses says she stole the child because she has given birth four times but none of the four children lives.

Suspect Beatrice wants the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice to set her free, saying she kidnapped the baby to replace her four dead children.

“I am really in need of child that’s the reason I stole my friend’s child at the C.B. Dunbar Hospital this Monday morning, March 11, 2019,” she narrates.

The suspect says she resides in Monrovia with her boyfriend, but the man is not aware of her arrest in Gbarnga, Bong County.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley

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