A 35-year-old woman, Sukurat Olajoke, mother of six and a resident of Agboole Alakoye in Igbo Ora in Oyo state has been arrested by men of Ogun state police command for killing her own one-month-old baby, and dumped the corpse in Ogun river, in Abeokuta, the state capital.
According to the police public relations officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi said that the suspect was arrested when policemen attached to Enugada divisional headquarters Abeokuta who are on routine patrol with the Divisional police officer SP Baba Hamzat
“They saw the woman throwing something suspicious into the river, the suspicious behavior of the woman, after throwing the object into the river attracted the policemen who quickly apprehended her for questioning,” he said
Police said that the suspect who lives at Agboole Alakoye area of Igbo ora in Oyo state during the course of interrogation confessed that what she threw into the river was the corpse of her one-month-old baby, whom she killed out of frustration.
“She confessed further that, the person who is responsible for the pregnancy of the baby, rejected her and the baby, and since she has no means of taking care of the child, she decided to kill and throw her into the river.”
The command’s police public relations officer said that preliminary investigation revealed that, the suspect had given birth to six other children for three different men, before another pregnancy for one man simply identified as Hakeem who refused to accept the paternity of the child.
“The DPO later engaged the service of local divers, who helped in recovering the corpse of the child, and it has been deposited at the general hospital mortuary,” he stated
The commissioner of police, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the homicide section of the state criminal investigation and intelligence department for further investigation and prosecution.
In 2004, Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman to death and used a kitchen knife to remove the unborn baby from the victim’s uterus so she could kidnap the girl.
Sixteen years on, the United States is preparing to execute her, and experts are still studying the case so they can understand what prompts such a crime — and how to prevent it in future.
“It’s such a horrific act to do and it takes a lot of planning,” says Ann Burgess, a professor at Boston College who has studied the rare phenomenon of fetal abduction since the 1990s.
John Rabun, a senior consultant on infant abductions to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), says the crime has been more visible in the last 15-20 years.
The organization has documented 21 fetal abductions in the United States since 1964, 18 of them since 2004.
That year, Montgomery was 36 years old and the mother of four children. She had undergone a procedure years before that made pregnancy impossible, but those close to her didn’t know.
Prosecutors say she carefully identified her victim online — dog breeder Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
Under the guise of buying a puppy, Montgomery went to Stinnett’s home, where she strangled her to death, and cut the baby from her body. She left Stinnett dead in a pool of blood.
Montgomery crossed state lines with the child and told her unsuspecting husband, who believed she herself was pregnant, that the baby was hers.
In 2007, she was convicted of federal kidnapping resulting in death and handed a death sentence.
The US Justice Department called the crime “especially heinous” in announcing an execution date, which has been pushed back from this month to January 12, 2021.
Montgomery’s lawyers never contested the facts, but asked that her sentence be commuted to life in prison, saying she had been the victim of repeated violence including rape in her youth.
She will be the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years if the lethal injection goes ahead at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
– ‘They really plan’ – Experts say cases like Stinnett’s murder — the most recent such incident happened in Texas in October — bear certain similarities.
“The person wants a baby, usually to correct or help in a partner relationship that is not doing well,” Burgess explains.
Rabun, who has been with the NCMEC since its creation, agrees.
“She has a male in her life and that’s really the sole reason she steals a baby,” he told AFP. His organization also says the women have compulsive, manipulative personalities.
Another hallmark of a fetal abduction is the careful preparation.
Burgess notes that many attackers gain weight, organize baby showers for themselves and even set up nurseries in their homes — all to facilitate their false narratives.
“They plan to cut a woman open. They really plan. They read medical texts,” adds Rabun, saying that assailants are often unaware that the mothers are fatally wounded.
“None of these woman seem to get the notion, even after having babies of their own, that if you cut somebody open, they may die.”
In the 21 cases documented by the NCMEC, 19 mothers have died of their wounds. Meanwhile, the attackers care for the babies as if they were their own.
Thirteen of the 21 babies have survived.
– Victims ‘vulnerable’ at outset – For Elizabeth Petrucelli, a former hospital security director who advises parents on childbirth and bereavement, pregnant women should learn to recognize several key warning signs.
In 2015, a post in a Facebook breastfeeding education group set off alarm bells — a woman said her friend was two months late in delivering.
“If she is desperate, she may do the unmentionable,” Petrucelli said.
She was called an alarmist, but two months later, her fears were borne out — Dynel Lane attacked a pregnant woman, after pretending to be selling her baby clothes.
The woman survived, but the baby did not. Lane was sentenced to 100 years in prison.
“Even though the signs were there, you don’t want to believe that someone would actually do that,” Petrucelli said.
“It’s one of those things that no one wants to talk about for obvious reasons, but more people need to be aware.”
Burgess said educating prenatal health care providers is one way to spread the word.
Many victims “are lured by the promise of food or clothing or things for the baby so they are vulnerable to begin with,” she said.
Petrucelli said that, sadly, may never be enough.
“How do you prevent something that rare from happening? I don’t think you can,” she said.
The police in Kaduna State have arrested a man, his wife, and one other suspect for allegedly stealing a three-day-old baby.
This was confirmed on Friday by the spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige.
He said the suspects: 30-year-old Kabiru Suleiman, Aisha Musa, and Salamatu Musa, were arrested at Abuja Road in the Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government Area of the state, following a complaint of a missing baby on November 9.
The police spokesman explained that the suspects started nurturing the evil plan during the early period of the pregnancy of the mother, by coming closer to the expectant mother in the guise of friendship and succeeded in whisking away the baby three days after delivery to an unknown destination.
To Jalige, the suspects were arrested by the Command’s Operatives on November 26 in their hideout at Unguwan Baraya Jos Road in Bauchi State where they recovered the baby safely and subsequently handed him over to his parents.
The suspects, according to the police, have confessed to the crime upon investigation and will be charged to court to face the consequences of their action.
The police spokesman also called on the people of the state to be wary of whom they entrust their children and wards.
A day-old baby has been found in a gutter in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The baby who was abandoned in the gutter by an unknown person was said to have been picked after an early morning downpour in the area.
This was confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed.
Mohammed said the incident occurred at Abuja Estate near the Government House in Awka.
The police spokesman said a good samaritan resident in the area reported the incident to the police around 8.25 am on Saturday.
“On Saturday at about 8.25 am, a Good Samaritan resident at Abuja Estate behind NSCDC office Awka reported at B Division Police Station Awka that on the same date at about 7.30 am, a day-old baby boy was wrapped up in a cloth and abandoned inside a gutter at the same area by an unknown person,” he said.
“All efforts made to trace the mother of the baby proved abortive. The scene was visited by police operatives attached to JWC and the baby who is in good health condition was rescued and handed over to Time to Fort Care specialist medical centre Awka for safekeeping.”
According to Mohammed, the Ministry of Social Welfare children and women Affairs had been contacted and the baby would be handed over to them for proper care.
The PPRO said efforts were ongoing to trace the mother of the baby to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
In a post on Instagram, Chrissy called it “the darkest of days”.
Model Chrissy Teigen and her award-winning singer husband John Legend — one of Hollywood’s hottest supercouples — have disclosed that they are in “deep pain” after losing their baby following a difficult pregnancy.
Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real.
Teigen, 34, said that she and Legend — who are already parents to Luna, 4, and Miles, 2 — had chosen until now not to name their children before leaving the hospital but that she had started to call this baby Jack.
“To our Jack — I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you,” Teigen wrote.
Legend, 41, retweeted her Instagram post with a message, “We love you, Jack.” This was followed by five black heart emojis.
Celebrity friends — from Oscar winner Viola Davis to rapper LL Cool J, who works with Teigen on reality show “Lip Sync Battle” — joined fans in offering sympathy and support.
“We’re always here for you and love you guys so much,” Kim Kardashian West wrote on Instagram.
While some criticized Teigen for oversharing, others praised her for lifting the lid on the painful issue of pregnancy loss.
“You just made so many women feel seen by sharing this intimate grief,” said “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actress Melissa Fumero.
The couple have a robust presence on social media, sharing details about everything from their political views to their home life.
Teigen has shared a video of an ultrasound exam, celebrated the removal of her breast implants by sharing pictures of her scars, and often features images of children Luna and Miles.
The entertainment power couple wed in 2013, after meeting years before on the set of one of Legend’s music videos. They had announced in August they were expecting a third child.
The management of the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, has confirmed that a two-year-old girl has tested positive for the coronavirus at the centre.
The child was said to have been admitted into the facility eight days ago on account of breathlessness.
According to a statement issued by the head of public relations and communication for the centre, Sugun Orisajo, investigations were subsequently carried out on her which revealed that she was positive for coronavirus.
“Due to the persisted high temperature, she was isolated, hence no member of staff or other patients were unduly exposed,” he said.
“To confirm the initial suspicion by a team of care givers, on the third day, she was screened for coronavirus while her treatment continued.
“The samples of her test returned positive for corona virus few moments ago.
“The girl is already receiving treatment at the Centre’s isolation ward while the facility where she was initially admitted has been decontaminated.”
Meanwhile, the management has initiated a contact tracing of her relatives.
A baby in China’s epidemic-hit Wuhan city has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus just 30 hours after being born, Chinese state media reported Wednesday.
The infant is the youngest person recorded as being infected by the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people since emerging late last year.
CCTV quoted experts as saying it may be a case of “vertical transmission”, referring to infections passed from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or immediately after.
The mother had tested positive for the virus before she gave birth.
The official Xinhua news agency reported Monday that a baby born last week to an infected mother had tested negative.
The disease is believed to have emerged in December in a Wuhan market that sold wild animals and spread rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday in January.
China’s national health commission said on Tuesday that the oldest person diagnosed with the virus is a 90-year-old and that 80 per cent of reported deaths have been of patients 60 years of age and older.