Mother dumps day-old in pit

Precious Igbonwelundu

 

I already have five children that I am struggling to cater for. My husband abandoned me with them. So, I did not need the sixth child and that was why I dumped him inside the soak-away as soon as I had him.”

Those were the words of 30-year-old Risikat Olabintan from Ogun State arrested by police for throwing her newborn baby into a pit.

It was gathered that Olabintan, a resident of Ibukun Oluwapo community in Owode-Yewa, threw her son into a pit shortly after delivery on Sunday morning.

Children who were playing later that day heard a baby’s cries from the pit located at the back of the compound and raised the alarm.

It was gathered that community leaders who assembled by the pit, alerted the police who moved to the scene and evacuated the newborn.

“At the time the baby was rescued, no one knew it was the woman’s. She secretly gave birth around 5am and threw the child into the pit. It was later that detectives discovered she was the mother of the baby and she was promptly arrested,” said Abimbola Oyeyemi, spokesman for Ogun police command.

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Oyeyemi said the woman claimed she had no means of feeding all six children.

Asked if the woman had been examined for possible postpartum depression, Oyeyemi said she was taken to hospital together with the baby for medicare.

“The baby and mother are presently receiving treatment at the hospital. The baby is responding to treatment. I do not know if her action had anything to do with postpartum depression but the woman said the newborn was additional burden to her.

“The Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has directed that the case be transferred to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for proper investigation.

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