Woman arrested for stealing newborn baby who later died in Ondo

Funmilayo Mogbojuri, 35, was detained by Ondo State Police command agents for allegedly kidnapping a newborn infant at Sabo in the state’s Okitipupa Local Government Area.

In a statement released on Wednesday, July 20, SP Funmi Odunlami, the command’s spokeswoman, said the suspect was captured in Sagamu, Ogun state, five days after she fled with the child.

According to the PPRO, the suspect previously took a baby from the Okitipupa home of another woman in January 2021, but the child passed away a few days later.

According to the statement, “On July 13, 2022, one Abass Issah of Arikawe Street, Okitipupa came to the Station and stated that his new-born baby had been kidnapped by unidentified persons.”

“Discreet investigation by Okitipupa Divisional Policemen led to the arrest of one Funmi Mogbojuri ‘f’ age 35years who absconded with the baby to Makun, Sagamu in Ogun State

“During interrogation, she confessed to have absconded with the baby to her husband’s house one Odunayo Ayobami ‘m’, it was also discovered that she stole another baby on the16th ofJanuary, 2021, in Okitipupa, took the child to Igbokoda and gave him to one Lucky ‘m’ and said the child died few days later. Investigation is on going.” 

During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the crime and pleaded for forgiveness, claiming that she could not understand the spirit that entered her to have committed such act.

Narrating how the incident happened, the mother of the baby, Binta Alhassan said the woman stole the child while she was bathing. 

According to Binta, the suspect came to her begging to pass the night which she obliged her by giving her a room but to her shock while on her way from the bathroom the following morning the woman had absconded with the baby.

Woman arrested for stealing newborn baby who later died in Ondo
Woman arrested for stealing newborn baby who later died in Ondo

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