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Six Months Baby Abandoned

-Mother Goes Into Hiding

By Esau J. Farr

Report from Nimba County speaks of the discovery of a six-month-old girl child in the porch of a home in Bahn City, Nimba County. The child is said to have been abandoned outside of the house by her mother based on unexplained reasons.

A community member who found the child told Police officers that she saw the child lying in the porch of her neighbor wearing only a pamper and beside her, a set of flashlights believed to be abandoned by her breast-feeding mother.

“I know, I normally come outside by night to attend nature (urinate), but the early hours of this morning when I came out as usual, I looked the direction of my neighbors and saw this flashlight shaking on the floor when the child has fallen over it; then I began to wonder as to who that could be at about that time. Later, the child screamed (shouted or cried) and I got concerned. I went closure and realized that it was an abandoned child,” the lady narrated to Police and community residents.

Up to press time, there was no trace of the parental background of the child, but she is reported to have being cared for at a local clinic in the area.

A former City Mayor of Bahn has in the meantime volunteered to take care of the child while her biological parents are being identified.

Madam Annie Tonpoe said children are gifts from God and it pains her heart to see people abandoning them while there are others including wealthy people who are yearning and struggling for only one to have the joy of living complete while others she referred to them as heartless individuals plan to cut short the lives of innocent children brought into the world by them.

“One thing that gets to my nerve is why will someone bear nine months pains, starved in the process and bring forth the child after labor pain, but will chose to throw away the child or children she suffered with in her womb,”? one elderly woman expressed her frustration.

Meanwhile, officers of the Liberia National Police have launched a man hunt for the mother of the child while at the same time tracing the parental background of the child.

The issue of children being found abandoned in dumpsite, septic tanks and private homes as well as built up cartons has in recent times increased with some of those caught in the process attributing their actions to extreme hardships and reported abandonment of men to support their homes.

It can be recalled that last week a lady around the Gogba-chop Market in Paynesville recently gave her 18 months old daughter to an unidentified man for ‘Sell Pay’ at an agreed price of US$90, but was caught in the process and sent to jail for multiple charges.

According to preliminary investigation conducted by officers of the Gogba-Chop Market Police Deport, Decontee Baryogar (not her real name) on Tuesday October 2, 2018 used two copybook sheets and wrote on them which was read “Child for sale” after which a man came across her and jokingly told her that he wanted to buy the child.

During the discussion, the lady told Police that the unidentified man agreed to pay US$90 for the child after she priced the child at US$100, but that the money could be paid the next day and the lady agreed.

According to her, the man in question took her to a house in the Soul Clinic Community and fooled her saying, was the house in which he lives. The next day she went to receive the cash for the child but was very bad lucky to have heard from residents of the home in which the man pretended to be his that they did not know the man she was talking about.

It was at this point that family members of the man by whom she born the child mounted pressure on her to produce the living body of the child all faces the full weight of the laws.

But with no remorse of conscience, the lady could boldly be seen boasting that she was the one who born her pain and she has no regret for selling her child for US$90 adding, “The only thing that is hurting me is why that man should lie to me showing me house that is not for him; right now, I don’t even know how to get my money from him. Investigation on this six-month-old child will continue with this paper.

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