One Fatoumatta Wally, a native of Bantunding village in the Wulli East District of the Upper River Region was recently arrested by police in Sare Ngai for allegedly dumping her newly born baby in a toilet for almost an hour, the Daily Observer can report.
According to information gathered by this reporter the innocent child was removed safely from the toilet by the natives of the village when her mother was away at the Bajakunda Hospital for medical treatment as she was bleeding seriously.
Fatoumatta Wally, believed to be in her late 20s, was married before and had two kids with his former husband but she is now divorced. He was believed to have been impregnated by his boyfriend.
Sources close to our URR correspondent intimated that the lady delivered at a time when the people of his compound were at the farms and as a result she decided to dump the innocent child in the toilet. Sources added that the accused person after dumping her baby went to the Bajakunda Hospital and told the nurse on duty that she was bleeding; however, as the nurse checked her properly, she told her that she had delivered and questioned her of the whereabouts of her newly born baby to which she confessed to have dumped in a toilet.
The Sare Ngai Police Station was later informed about the development and officials of the said station later visited the said Hospital where the lady was arrested.
Our reporter said he tried all efforts to verify the said story from the Regional Police Commissioner of URR, Omar Darboe, but he again declined to comment and instead referred the reporter to the Police Public Relations Officer in Banjul.
The reporter said his efforts to reach out to the Police PRO proved futile. But when contacted, the Regional Social Welfare Officer for URR, Kebba Jatta, confirmed the story while condemning this act of barbarism.
“We are saying zero tolerance to baby dumping and any other forms of violation against our children,” he stated, adding that just recently a similar incident happened in the Region.
He explained further that the child is presently in good health condition after it was returned back to the mother for breastfeeding.
Our reporter said he has been reliably informed that the suspect, Fatoumatta Wally, has been granted a police bail, however, she is frequently reporting on bail at the Sare Ngai Police Station.
by Momodou Jawo in Basse, URR