IGANGA, UGANDA: Police in Iganga have retrieved a newborn baby boy which was abandoned at an uncompleted building at Nakilulwe village, Nawaningi sub-county in Iganga district.
The one-day-old baby was discovered by some children who strayed into the building when they had gone gardening on Wednesday, May 03, 2023.
Madondo Isma, a resident of Nakilulwe village told DailyExpress that the children alerted other locals who also informed the area LC 1 chairperson before reporting the matter to Iganga Central police station.
“We were in the office of the area LC 1 Chairperson and a lady called to inform him about an abandoned child in an uncompleted building. The baby was covered in a gomesi and was crying. The baby seems to be a one-day-old baby,” Madondo said.
The LC 1 chairperson Mr Famba Abasa said that he received a disturbing call about the incident where a child was abandoned in the building. He urged the locals to work with authorities to untangle the scanty details about the baby’s mother.
“I received a call from one Jesca that there were children who had gone into the garden and discovered the abandoned baby in the corner of the uncompleted building. The baby boy was still alive and we want to request the public to alert us about anyone who has been pregnant but currently without a baby,” Mr Famba said.
A team was dispatched to the scene and the fresh baby wrapped in a gomesi was picked up and sent to Iganga general hospital for medical attention.
The motive for abandoning the baby was still scanty according to the chairperson, but urged residents to be responsible with the girl children who are sometimes abandoned by lovers after impregnating them.
Confirming the incident, Busoga East police spokesperson SP Diana Nandawula said that the baby is in safe hands receiving recommended medical attention and advised the public to cooperate with police to trace the mother.
“We call upon the public that in case you see any lady who has been pregnant and you’re not seeing her with a child to report to police such that we may discover the mother,” said SP Nandawula, before urging parents to always be responsible and avoid taking children as a burden something which is promoting such heartless acts.
She added that police have opened investigations into the case to establish how the baby ended up at the scene.
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