Huye: Three arrested over infanticide

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 19 April 2017 saa 11:48
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Police in Huye District have arrested three people including a female nurse for allegedly conniving and throwing a new-born baby in a pit.

The Southern Region Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Andre Hakizimana identified the trio as Louise Uwamariya, Jean Baptiste Sindikubwabo and Claudine Mukankusi.

They were arrested on April 17 following investigations after retrieving the body of the baby, which has since been taken to the University Teaching Hospital Butare (CHUB) for postmortem.

Police said the mother of the baby connived with the Uwamariya, her relative to throw the baby in the latrine soon after birth.

CIP Hakizimana said that after carrying out the crime, the mother of the child was taken to hospital.

“She sought medical attention because of bleeding. While at Ngoma health center, doctors discovered that the cause of the bleeding was associated with child birth or abortion but could not see the baby,” explained CIP Hakizimana.

He said that the hospital management immediately contacted police.

“After investigations, it was revealed that the trio had conspired to throw the baby in the latrine where it was discovered.” he said.

It is alleged that the mother of the baby had travelled from Kigali, where she was residing, to Huye where she sought help with her accomplices.

“This is an inhuman and criminal act; this baby had a right to live, and as a nurse, she should have also stood by ethical standards and give some professional advice to the expecting mother on the best way to save both the baby and the mother,” he said.

The criminal action which is classified as infanticide under section one of article 143 of the panel code, sets a life imprisonment upon conviction.