Crime & Punishment of Friday, 22 August 2014


Tamale DOVVSU arrests attempted baby killer

A woman believed to be in her 30s has been arrested for attempting to dump her three-day-old baby girl in a big gutter at Koblimahigu, a suburb of Tamale.

She was arrested by good Samaritans at the scene and accosted to the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Northern Regional police command where she confessed to the crime.

She was already carrying a two-year old malnourished baby girl who she fled with to Accra for Kayaye.

In her statement, she felt rejected by her husband and her family relations in Tamale when she returned from Accra with a fatherless baby girl.

The Northern Regional DOVVSU Coordinator, ASP Emmanuel Hornotu told Citi News the woman in her statement revealed that she was a native of Nantong in the Savelugu/Nantong district.

He said she was later granted self-recognizance bail after spending several hours at the DOVVSU office.

According to ASP Emmanuel Hornotu, the three-days-old baby has been handed over to the Nyohini Orphanage.

One of the baby’s rescuers, Dipali Walshe-Naa, Osman Sulemana said but for his timely intervention, the woman would have dumped the baby in the gutter.

He narrated that some two ladies alerted him about the woman’s suspicious conduct when she was spotted around the Koblimahigu gutter.

Dipali-Naa Osman Sulemana said he confronted the psychologically traumatized lactating mother who admitted that she wanted to kill the baby girl.

The rescued baby girl was asleep when Citi News visited the Nyohini Orphanage.

The housemother, Elizabeth Aba Annan affectionately called Auntie Betty said she was in safe hands.

The three days old baby was named Wun-nam Dakpema and is being fed with lactose.

Madam Betty complained about lack of water and erratic power supply at the orphanage.

She appealed to philanthropists and well-meaning Ghanaians to support the orphans.

The Nyohini children’s home currently has 25 orphans with the senior most being 17.