Woman abandons newborn infant to die on rock in Bauchi
A yet-to-be-identified woman has abandoned a newborn infant to die on a rock in the Sarkin Kudu area of the Bogoro local government area of Bauchi state.
The infant was discovered naked on a rock, and with his placenta still attached on Thursday morning, June 2, according to a resident.
Police operatives and Bogoro local government officials have initiated a manhunt for the parents of the new-born baby.
A resident of Sarkin Kudu said, “We woke up this morning with a sad news that a new-born baby has been abandoned near a bush here.
“The mother left the baby crying on top of one rock in the area with his face covered to the ground.
“We quickly asked some of our women to rescue the baby, and they did.
“It is really sad and unfortunate that the parents of the new-born baby abandoned him without removing his placenta and without clothes.
“The baby was born in the middle of the night and the mother must have abandoned him there.
“I’m sure she abandoned him with the intention that he will just die before day break.
“Although we are not happy with this development, we thank God that the baby was found alive and saved from danger.
“We have to take care of this baby,” he added.
He said that the infant was handed over to social workers in the area, adding that they had gone to the market where they bought the basic things needed to take care of the baby, including clothes and milk.
A social worker in the neighbourhood stated that the boy is currently being taken care of by one of the women in the neighbourhood.
She said, “Our office received a report yesterday (Thursday) that a newborn baby boy was abandoned in Sarkin Kudu.
“Before we got there, the new-born baby had been picked up by one of the women in the area who had started taking care of him.
“He is now doing well and in good condition.
“We have also informed the security agents and investigation is ongoing to get the mother of the infant,” she added.
She noted that the social welfare office of the local government would continue to take care of the baby until investigations were completed and the mother of the baby found.
The police public relations officer, Bauchi State Command, Ahmed Wakil, while confirming the incident, said, “Yesterday, Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, at about 8.30am, some good Samaritans of the community went to the Bogoro divisional police headquarters, and reported that on their way to the farm, they discovered an abandoned baby crying in an uncompleted building.
“Upon receiving the complaint, the DPO and his team of officers and men moved to the scene and took the boy to the Bogoro general hospital for medical check-up.
“After the medical doctors had certified that the baby was healthy, they handed the baby to the social welfare department of the Bogoro local government area.
“Investigation is still in progress. We are trying to expand investigation to look for the mother of the infant, and further our investigation to know why she abandoned the baby in that manner,” Wakil added.