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Suspected baby thief arrested

A 19-year-old Deborah Ansah has been arrested by the Tesano Police after she allegedly stole a three-month old baby girl from her mother at Avenor.

Confirming the arrest to journalists on Thursday, the Tesano Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Lydia Donkor said the suspect allegedly stole the baby from her mother who was then sleeping.

Narrating the incident, Chief Superintendent Donkor said the suspect was then living at Avenor where the baby’s mother, Aminatu Alhassan lived. The mother of the baby was unable to do household chores because she had a caesarian operation during labour.

Chief Superintendent Donkor said the suspect started coming over to Aminatu’s house with the pretence to help her do the chores.

The police commander added that on February 26, at about 10 am, Aminatu fed her baby and both of them went to sleep, leaving behind the suspect and one other person.

According to the Police Commander, “the suspect on seeing that Aminatu was asleep, took the baby and told a witness in the case that she was going to the market.”

The mother, Aminatu later woke up and realised that her child was missing. She then lodged a complaint at the police, where investigations revealed that the suspect had taken the baby to Achiansa Nubesu, near Suhum in the Eastern region.

Chief Superintendent Donkor said with the help of the chief of the village, Nana Oklu, the suspect was arrested and the baby was rescued, sent to the hospital and re-united with her parents.

The suspect, the police commander said, is in the custody of the police to assist in further investigations.

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