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Why I threw my baby into pit latrine

By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka

AT 17, Miss Ozioma Ezeude already had two issues without getting married. Still living with her mother at their Ezinifite, Nnewi South local government area of Anambra State, she had the first baby who she named Favour when she was 15 years.  Two years later, her cousin impregnated her and she had another baby girl she named Jenifer.

“I did it to reconcile with my mother”, suspect

The scandal was so much that her mother had to abandon her with the last baby and relocated to Delta State with her first baby, Favour.    Unable to feed herself and Jenifer, the second girl, evil thoughts began to occupy her mind and on June 3rd, 2010, she decided to free herself from the burden of nursing another child and she dumped Jenifer into a pit toilet where she died.

She told her story in Igbo thus: “I am from Umudiala village in Ezinifite, Nnewi South local government area of Anambra State. My cousin, Ugochukwu impregnated me and when it was discovered, he ran away from the village and has not been seen.

Since I gave birth to Jenifer, she has been falling sick on a regular basis and I don’t have money to take her to hospital because I am not doing anything.

After some time, my mother who was taking care of us became annoyed and was always quarrelling with me. She later relocated from our village to Delta State and I don’t know where she is in Delta up till this moment.

“One day when my baby became sick again, I decided to end the frustration by wrapping her in a cloth and tied her on a rope and took her to a pit latrine in our place and threw her into it.   The hospital where I took her had demanded for blood and I did not have money to buy blood.   It was a man from our village who is a member of vigilante who asked me about the baby and I told him.

He informed other people who then called the police to arrest me. The reason why I did it was to reconcile with my mother because I have been suffering since she abandoned me and the baby.”

Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philemon Leha said that Ozioma would be charged to court as soon as investigations were completed.


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