Police have detained a 16-year-old girl for allegedly snatching a three-day-old newborn girl from the district hospital.
The adolescent, a resident of Nyabyeya village in Masindi district’s Budongo sub-county, allegedly pretended to be a nurse at Masindi General Hospital’s maternal ward.
She then approached a new mother, Sarah Nanjinga, 25, and persuaded her to hand her her kid so she could rest while she was pregnant.
Nanjinga, who had just given birth to her child by C-section at the hospital on April 28, 2022, handed the baby over to the stranger.
Nanjinga reported the crime to Masindi Central Police Station when the suspect vanished with the baby.
The supervisors at the ward were unaware that the suspect, who had apparently spent four days in the ward, was posing as an attendant, according to Dr. Felix Twinomugisha, the Medical Superintendent at Masindi General Hospital.
He warned women to be cautious with their newborn newborns at the district’s different health institutions, noting that many people target newborn babies.
The adolescent was apprehended in her hiding in Nyabyeya hamlet, according to Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokeswoman.
“She is being kept at the police station while inquiries into how the infant was kidnapped from Masindi hospital continue,” Hakiza said.
The suspect will appear in court on charges of infant theft after police investigations are completed, according to a police spokesperson.