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Published On: Sun, Dec 14th, 2014

Three year old baby drowns in basin of water in Delta

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Crime_01From Osa Eresoyen, Asaba

A three year old baby on Thursday last week who was reported to have been missing from the parent’s house has drowned in basin of water.

Reports said that residents of a popular street in Asaba, Delta State capital have been living in fear of the unknown when a three year old male child walked into a basin of water and drowned in it.

Eye witness said that the mother of the baby was said to be in the habit of carelessly leaving the baby with an outsider as she claims to be very busy at all times.

Expectedly, on the day of the incident, the mother of baby was said to be sleeping inside her room when the baby, apparently hungry for food, cried endlessly and eventually walked into a basin of water kept behind the house.

Sources said that since there was nobody in the compound, as well as no help could be readily available, he got suffocated and died eventually.

By the time the mother woke up, she began to look for the baby but every effort to locate the baby within the house proved abortive.

Our informed sources said that, it was then she got troubled and went behind the house only to find the lifeless body of the baby in large basin full of water.

Investigation revealed that the single mother’s attitude towards her baby was as a result of her losing her husband who went to work and never came back alive, leading to her getting frustrated.

Meanwhile, a middle aged man suspected to be ritualist is now in the police net for allegedly abducting two teenage girls for ritual purposes.

It was reliably gathered that the two girls who sell sachet water in Onitsha, Anambra State, but hailed from Asaba, Delta State were lured by the suspect to Asaba with a promise to make them sales girl in his store and in a market in Onitsha, not knowing he had a hidden agenda to take them to Okija.

Speaking on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Celestina Kalu, confirmed the arrest of the suspect and the rescue of the victims.

DSP Kalu disclosed that operatives from Storm Office in Asaba received information that two teenage girls, age 13 years from Onitsha, were seen as along DBS road in Asaba in a manner suggesting that they were in distress, adding that based on the information, operatives stormed the scene and on enquiry discovered that the victims were lured by the suspect to work in an uncompleted building in Asaba.

DSP Kalu said that the suspect was arrested, adding that upon interrogation, he allegedly confessed to the crime, disclosing that he abducted the teenage girls from Onitsha in Anambra State.

The suspect further claimed that he intended taking the victims to Okija to help a woman who was involved in an accident and receiving treatment in Okija, adding that the woman has no one to stay with her.

However, DSP Kalu said that the victims revealed that the suspect deceived them into believing that he was taking them to his provision store at Relief Market Onitsha to become his sale girls, only for him to bring them to Onitsha.

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