Woman steals three-week-old baby, blames it on childlessness

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A 26-year-old woman, Mrs. Bunmi Adebayo, has said desperation to have a baby after 10 years of marriage made her to steal a three-week old baby in Modakeke, Osun State. She allegedly stole the baby, named David Oluwaseun, on Sunday July 1, 2018.

The suspect, who lived in Magboro, Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, until she fled with the baby, was arrested on Saturday at Orile Imo village, in the same local government area by men of the state police command.

Parading the suspect before journalists yesterday at the state police command headquarters, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, said, “The suspect took her desperation too far.”

He said the suspect had lied to her husband, who used to visit her at her abode at intervals, that she was pregnant. And after nine months, Iliyasu said the suspect called her husband and broke the news that she had been delivered of a baby boy.

The news, he added gladdened the heart of the husband, Gbenga Adebayo, who rushed down to her residence. But, he was said to have become curious when he demanded for the placenta and the suspect was unable to present it.

Iliyasu explained further that when the husband asked her to breastfeed the baby in his presence, she was unable to do so. Having realised the curiosity of her husband, she was said to have absconded from home, and her husband had to report to the police that his wife was missing.

The police search team caught up with her and the stolen baby at Orile Imo last Saturday, where she was arrested and the baby was rescued.


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