Juvenile arrested for dumping own baby in the latrine

She said they are yet to find out the motive for dumping the body into the pit latrine.

By Moses Alinda

Arua: Police in Arua City have arrested a 16-year-old girl, a resident of Ediofe Ewanyapa cell, Komite ward, Ayivu West Division, Arua City, on allegations of dumping her two-week-old baby in the pit latrine.

The primary-four dropout, who was under the care of her responsible brother, dumped her own baby in the pit latrine on Wednesday at around 2 a.m.

Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, told this publication on Thursday that when they received this information, they rushed to the scene, found the baby removed from the pit, but died.

She said the postmortem examination was done on the baby’s lifeless body and was later handed over to the family members for burial arrangements.

Angucia added that the suspect was arrested and is currently detained at Arua Central Business Division, pending being transferred to Ayivu West Division headquarters.

The regional police mouthpiece said relevant statements were recorded and they are yet to find out the motive for dumping the body into the pit latrine, adding that inquiries continue under Ayivu West Division CRB 236/2023.

‘’As investigations continue, we advise teenagers and children not to indulge in unhealthy relationships with the opposite sex that can expose them to child pregnancies and child marriages,’’ she advised.

Angucia also encouraged them to choose education over unhealthy love affairs to avoid such consequences.

‘’Parents and guardians should continuously advise and guide their children against involving them in unhealthy relationships that expose them to child pregnancies and the related effects,’’ she further advised.

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