A 32-year-old nurse, Mrs. Leritshimwa Diyal, has confessed to stealing a three-day-old baby in Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos, because of her desire to have someone who would call her mother.
Diyal, a student of College of Health Technology, Zawan, in Plateau, made the confession while speaking with newsmen when she was paraded by the Plateau Police Command on Thursday in Jos.
She was said to have stolen the baby belonging to one Mrs. Mary Chukwuebuka of Zaramangada area of Jos three days after the new mother put to bed at the Plateau Specialist Hospital.
The matter was reported to the police, leading to her arrest after the Plateau State Police Command commenced investigation into the matter.
Diyal had also claimed that she gave birth at a kidnappers’ den and that she registered for antenatal care at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
“I have been married for over seven years without a child; the desire to have one pushed me into stealing another woman’s child.
“My husband and I have sought medical attention to ascertain the reason for our childlessness, but to no avail.
“I have contacted many orphanages to adopt a child, but none granted me the opportunity, that is why I resorted to stealing.
“I regret this desperation. I wasn’t thinking straight when I stole the baby. I plead that justice is tempered with mercy,” she said.
The suspect also insisted that she carried out the act without the knowledge of her husband.
Speaking at the parade of the suspect, the Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Akinmoyede, attributed the timely arrest of Diyal to the “painstaking and diligent investigation” by his officers and men.
According to him, Diyal perfected her plans and leveraged on her deep knowledge of the terrain of the hospital, where she once undertook her industrial attachment, to steal the baby.
Akinmoyede said that she had faked her kidnap story thinking it would give her a strong alibi to keep the baby, but that when she was confronted with realities, she confessed to stealing the baby.
“Currently, the command is investigating her claim that she committed the crime alone”, he said.
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