Grand Mum Buries Baby Alive

An 8-year-old woman, Abaotoa Minga, has been arrested by the Asokwa District Police Command for allegedly burying her three-month-old great grandson alive at Atonsu-Kuwait in Kumasi.

The octogenarian allegedly contracted one Fuseini, who also hails from her hometown, Naaka, near Navrongo, to undertake the heinous act. He therefore took the baby to a nearby bush, dug a shallow grave, threw the baby in the grave and covered it with sand.

The Asokwa District Police Commander, Rev. Supt. Samuel Nyamekye Adane-Ameyaw, confirmed the arrest of the woman and her accomplice, but declined to give details of the case.

An uncle of the baby boy, Kwabena Anafo, 41, told Daily Guide the incident happened on Wednesday night shortly after his grandmother, Aboatoa Minga, had told him the baby was sick.

According to Anafo, the baby was handed over to granny Minga after the death of his mother at St Martin’s Hospital at Pramso about two weeks ago.

“Just yesterday, (referring to Wednesday) my grandmother told me the baby was sick and she had given him some medicine without food. Later in the evening she came back to inform me that the baby had died,” he narrated.

He explained that some residents alerted the police after they became suspicious about the baby’s death.

Kwabena Anafo said the police stormed their home, arrested his grandmother and Fuseini, and took them to the station.

Sister Afia, a resident of the area who alerted the police told Daily Guide she suddenly became curious when the baby’s great grandmother informed her about the death of the three-month old boy.

Sister Afia, popularly known as Siwaa, said Madam Minga told her she gave Fuseini GH¢20 to bury the child, thereby raising her suspicion of foul play.

“When I demanded to know where the baby was buried, Fuseini was not forthcoming which compelled me to alert the police,” she submitted.