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22.05.2007 Crime & Punishment

Three In Court For Child Theft

Two Ward assistants at the Banney Hill Clinic at Nsawam and a woman at Agogo in the Ashanti Region have been arraigned before a Kumasi circuit court for stealing a child.

Ernestina Acheampong and Stella Kumador, the ward assistants, aged 40 and 42 respectively, and Christiana Amane, 29, are facing a charge of child theft.

Their pleas were not taken and they were remanded in prison custody by the court, presided over by Mrs Wilhemina Hammond. They will reappear in court on May 30, this year.

According to the prosecutor, Chief Inspector C.K. Fosu, on April 22, this year, Mrs Gladys Agyapong, a hairdresser who resided at Asawase in Kumasi, went to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to be delivered of a baby. She was operated upon and delivered a premature baby.

On April 25, the child got missing from the hospital and the following day Mrs Agyapong reported the matter at the Kumasi Central Police Station.

Chief Inspector Fosu said investigations into the case led the police to the Agogo Hospital where they saw Christiana with the baby. She was at the hospital to seek medical attention for the baby and the police arrested her.

The baby was sent to KATH for medical care, while police investigations continued into the matter.

During interrogation, Christiana disclosed that she had bought the baby from Ernestina at Nsawam for ¢2 million.

The police then went to Nsawam and arrested Ernestina, who confessed that, indeed, she had sold the child in question to Christiana for the said amount of money.

She explained that a woman had gone to the Banney Hill Clinic to be delivered of a baby but that she had lied to the woman that her child died in the course of delivery.

She then connived with another ward assistant, Stella, to steal and sell the child.

The prosecutor said investigations were still going on.

Story by Annabella Sarfo Mireku