Mother arrested for attempting to sell newborn baby in Anambra State
A 22-year-old single mother, identified as Happiness Mmadu, has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell one of her four-day-old twins in order to pay her hospital bill.
The incident occurred at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State.
Happiness, it was gathered, allegedly conspired with one Dorothy Sunday in the deal.
A source in the hospital, who preferred not to be mentioned, told Southern City News that Dorothy, who hails from Izzi in Ebonyi State, came to the maternity ward on Wednesday, claiming that Happiness was her younger sister.
It was learnt that their deal went awry when a nurse moved into the ward to dress the bed where the twins were lying only to discover that one of the babies was no longer there.
The source stated, “The nurse raised the alarm and other nurses at the ward went after Dorothy, who was already approaching the exit gate of the hospital.
“The nurses searched her handbag and discovered that Dorothy hid the baby inside the bag. The baby was taken from her and an angry crowd pounced on her, beat her up and stripped her.
“She (Dorothy) was about being set on fire when policemen from the Central Police Station, Nnewi, arrived at the scene and took her away.
“The police also arrested Happiness, the mother of the twins, who said she hails from the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State.”
Speaking with our correspondent, Dorothy said Happiness had asked her to come and take the male baby so that she would raise money to pay the N200,000 hospital bill.
She said, “My name is Dorothy Sunday from Izzi in Ebonyi State. I am a trader at the Relief Market, Onitsha. Happiness called me and told me that she had been delivered of twins through caesarean section.
“She (Happiness) was billed over N200,000. She told me that she wanted to sell one of the babies to raise money for the hospital bill and also to take care of herself, because her parents were not aware that she was pregnant in the first place. She also said that she had no one to help her.”
Happiness, however, denied the allegation, stating that Dorothy approached her in the hospital and offered to assist her with some chores since she had nobody around to assist her.
“Dorothy was at the ward looking after my babies, while I was outside washing my clothes. I was still washing when I was told that Dorothy had put one of the babies in her handbag and was moving out,” Happiness said.
A nurse in the hospital told Southern City News that Happiness was delivered of the babies on January 25, 2019, and was discharged on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
The nurse explained that Happiness remained in the hospital till Wednesday when the incident occurred.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident and said that the baby was recovered in good condition.
Mohammed said, “At about 5.50 pm, police detectives attached to the Central Police Station, Nnewi, arrested one Dorothy Sunday, 35 years, from Izzi in Ebonyi State.
“The suspect sneaked into the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, and stole a five-day-old twin baby boy at the maternity ward of the hospital when the mother of the baby, one Happiness Mmadu, 22 years, from Uruagu, Nnewi, went to the hospital’s compound to wash her clothes.”
Mohammed said the suspect would be charged to court after investigation.