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Teen Mother Throws One-Year-Old Baby in River Aringa

According to Komakech, the 17-year-old mother kept silent over the matter hoping the corpse would be swept away by the already flooded river. But upon thorough interrogation, She revealed that she had thrown the baby in the river after the father failed to provide for them.
02 Jul 2020 21:23

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A search is underway in Pacua village, Mucwini Sub County, Kitgum district, for a body of a one-year-old baby who was reportedly thrown in Aringa River by a teenage mother, two days ago.

Mucwini Sub County Chairperson Richard Komakech Pa’Yilibo says the residents became suspicious after failing to see the baby with its seventeen-year-old mother. It’s reported that the mother had been living at her maternal home with the baby but returned to her paternal home without the baby on Tuesday.

According to Komakech, the 17-year-old mother kept silent over the matter hoping the corpse would be swept away by the already flooded river. But upon thorough interrogation, She revealed that she had thrown the baby in the river after the father failed to provide for them.

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Through last evening and the better part of today, Officers from the Kitgum Central Police fire brigade department  and a number of local divers embarked on a search to retrieve the body from the river, without success.

A source at the police that preferred anonymity told URN that the teen-mother who is currently held in custody will be subjected to a medical check to ascertain her mental state to ascertain why she opted for such an extreme move, regardless of the economic hardship.

The incident comes in the wake of a report on the incidence of child abuse and violence against women and girls during the lockdown announced to curtail the possible spread of the deadly COVID-19.  

The Kitgum district probation officer Michael Ogweng says the report, by the District Probation Department,  ranks Mucwini Sub County as one of the hotspots of child abuse, coming third after Akwang and Namukora Sub Counties in the district.     

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Ogweng highlights that cases of child abuse that include child neglect, child desertion and defilement amidst others have drastically increased in the past one month