A distressing event occurred in Anambra as a 20-year-old woman, Nwaedoka Chidimma hailing from the Izzi community in Ebonyi State, allegedly abandoned her newborn baby in a pit toilet within the Otuocha community of Anambra East Local Government Area. Chidimma had traveled to the area to engage in farming activities.
The incident transpired on a Sunday, and it wasn’t until late on Tuesday that the cries of the baby alerted residents to the child’s dire situation within the pit toilet.
According to an individual named Esther, who is a resident, the young woman was pregnant while she secured employment on a farm in the community. During her time on the farm, she experienced unusual behavior after complaining about stomach discomfort. She subsequently used the pit toilet and emerged with traces of blood.
Esther, a fellow farmer and friend of Chidimma, revealed, “Chidimma is my friend, she pleaded to stay at my place for a few days due to a farming job she had secured. While she was working on the farm, she started behaving strangely after complaining about stomach pains. She went to the pit toilet, and when she emerged, there were signs of blood. I assumed she had a stillbirth, so I called a nurse. However, after an examination, the nurse revealed that the baby was no longer alive.”
Esther encouraged Chidimma to return to her parents’ home and inform them of the situation, believing it to be a stillbirth.
The situation took a dramatic turn on Tuesday when the cries of a baby were heard emanating from the pit toilet. Prompt action was taken to rescue the newborn using a ladder, and security agencies and the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare were notified.
In response, Ify Obinabo, the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, promptly stepped in. She arranged for the newborn to be transported to Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Teaching Hospital, Amaku Awka, for necessary medical attention. Concurrently, the young woman suspected of discarding the infant was apprehended.
Obinabo confirmed that the baby’s condition is now stable and undergoing treatment at the hospital. She expressed concern about the rising number of criminal activities involving young women and emphasized that the responsible mother will face legal consequences. Obinabo also highlighted that the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, maintains a firm stance against such heinous acts.
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