MASINDI, UGANDA – A 16-year-old girl has been arrested and held in Masindi for allegedly snatching a three-day-old newborn girl from the district hospital.
The suspect (whose identity has been changed since she is a juvenile) hails from Nyabyeya village in Masindi district’s Budongo sub-county.
According to authorities, the suspect pretended to be an attendant at Masindi General Hospital’s maternity ward before persuading the infant’s mother, Sarah Nanjinga (25) to assist her in holding the baby while she recovered.
Nanjinga, who had just given birth to her kid via C-section at the hospital on April 28, 2022, fell for the ruse and gave the baby over to an unknown person.
Nanjinga reported the crime to Masindi Central Police Station when the suspect vanished with the infant.
The supervisors at the ward, according to Dr. Felix Twinomugisha, Medical Superintendent at Masindi General Hospital, were unaware that the suspect, who had apparently spent four days in the ward, was impersonating as an attendant.
At the district’s numerous health institutions, he warned women to be especially cautious with their newborn newborns, noting that many individuals target newborn babies.
Police eventually busted the suspect from her hiding in Nyabyeya hamlet and detained her with the kidnapped infant, according to Julius Hakiza, the Albertine area police spokesman.”She is being kept at the police station while inquiries into how the infant was kidnapped from Masindi hospital continue,” Hakiza said.
According to Hakiza, the suspect will appear in court on allegations of infant theft when police investigations are completed.