Police rescue newborn in Anambra

Police in Anambra State have rescued a day-old wrapped in a piece of cloth and abandoned inside a drainage in Abuja Estate in Awka, the state capital, police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said yesterday in a statement.

Mohammed said efforts made to trace the mother of the baby proved abortive.

“On October 3, at about 8:25am., a good Samaritan resident in Abuja Estate behind NSCDC office Awka, reported at B Division Police Station, Awka at about 7:30am that a day-old baby was wrapped in a cloth and abandoned inside a gutter at same area by an unknown person.

“The scene was visited by police operatives and the baby, which was in good health condition, was rescued,” he said.

Mohammed said the baby was handed over to Time to Fort Care Specialist Medical Centre, Awka, for adequate care.

He said that the state Ministry of Social Welfare, Children and Women Affairs had been contacted, adding, “The baby will be handed over to the Social Welfare Department of the ministry for proper care.”

He said efforts were being made to locate the baby’s mother.

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