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Ondo police investigates disappearance of baby’s corpse after dying with mother during labour

IGP Abubakar Mohammed Adamu

There was a confusion at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, over the missing of a dead baby at the hospital’s mortuary as only the dead mother of the new born baby could be found at the morgue.

Consequently, the Ondo State Police Command has commenced investigation into the circumstance that surrounded the missing of a dead baby at the mortuary of the State Specialist Hospital in Akure.

A source said the deceased mother and the new born baby died during labour and were brought dead to the hospital from the Police Hospital, Akure and that their remains were deposited at the mortuary of the government-owned hospital on Wednesday.

But the family of the deceased , on getting to the hospital, on Saturday, to take the corpses for burial, met only the remains of the mother while the deceased baby was missing.

The source said, “when the family of the deceased got to the hospital mortuary today ( Saturday), to collect the remains of dead, they only saw the body of the mother and the placenta but they could not find the baby. The mortuary attendants could not explain how it happened. ”

The source also added that the family members of the deceased almost caused crisis on the hospital premises following the incident. But they were said to have reported the matter at the police station.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph confirmed the incident and said the hospital officials would be arrested for questioning but nobody had yet been arrested over the incident, as at the time of this report.

Joseph said “we have not made any arrest for now but we have commenced investigation into the matter. We will invite the workers of the hospital, especially those working at the mortuary section”.

Also reacting, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro said the matter had been handed over to the state police command for further investigation.

The Commissioner noted that, “We have handed the mortuary attendants to the police to do the investigation. We will be waiting for their investigation”.

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