The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested a woman, Mrs Juliana James for throwing her day-old baby into a soakaway shortly after she delivered at home.
The mother of six who cried after she was paraded at the command’s headquarters in Bauchi on Friday said she threw her baby due to the economic hardship in the country.
The newborn, whose cry attracted neighbours was rescued alive after being in there for almost 12 hours.
Mrs James from Guru village said:
Things are hard. My husband has no job. He had an accident three months ago and it affected his manhood. He is still in the hospital receiving treatment. We don’t see food to eat. We are dying of starvation.
I delivered at home and threw the baby in the toilet because I don’t know how we are going to take care of it. I didn’t tell my husband.
AAddressing newsmen afterwards, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Zaki Ahmed said the case was being investigated and the baby has been handed over to social welfare officers at the Abubakar Tafawa University Teaching Hospital where she was rushed to for medical attention.