2 month-old in­fant dies at Kubwa day­care

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ogechi Jaiyes­imi

Atwo-month-old in­fant, sim­ply iden­ti­fied as baby Daniel, died sud­denly on Wed­nes­day shortly af­ter he took ill at a day­care run by St. Bartholomew Angli­can Com­mu­nion, 21 Road, Kubwa.

City News gath­ered that the day­care is yet to of­fi­cially tell the par­ents of the de­ceased baby what ex­actly hap­pened more than 48 hours af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Mother of the in­fant, Mrs. Omo­lara Omowa, who also works for the Nurs­ery and Pri­mary sec­tion of the school got to the day­care sec­tion to find her child, late in­fant Daniel, lay­ing life­less with no com­ment from the day­care ma­tron or the school author­i­ties.

Speak­ing to City News, a fam­ily mem­ber, Mr Bamidele, said it had been more than 48 hours since the in­ci­dent hap­pened and the author­i­ties had not deemed it nec­es­sary to say a word to the fam­ily or ex­plain what ac­tu­ally hap­pened to their son.

“We picked up my baby’s life­less body with swollen tongue and blood ooz­ing out from the nose and there’s been no ex­pla­na­tion from any­body till this time,” he said.

The par­ents, who re­ported the in­ci­dent to Kubwa di­vi­sional po­lice sta­tion, said they were es­corted to the school to get fur­ther ex­pla­na­tion about what hap­pened but the school would not re­lease the ma­tron dur­ing the school hours as they claimed they have other kids in their cus­tody who could not be left unat­tended to and they even­tu­ally fixed 5.00p.m. in the evening to ap­pear at the po­lice sta­tion.

Mr Bamidele said: “The school ad­min­is­tra­tor on sight­ing us said to the hear­ing of the po­lice­man that they have been ex­pect­ing the po­lice but that they can’t talk to them.”

Daily Trust also learnt that po­lice is ask­ing the fa­ther of the late in­fant to raise about N150,000 to en­able them send the corpse to the Na­tional Hospi­tal Abuja for au­topsy re­port.

When our reporter con­tacted the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer of Kubwa, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Nu­rudeen Sabo, he con­firmed the re­port and said he was mad at his in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lice of­fi­cer (IPO) over why he should de­mand such amount of money from the be­reaved fam­ily, stress­ing that po­lice do not col­lect money for au­topsy.

“I feel dis­ap­pointed with my of­fi­cer for telling the be­reaved fam­ily to bring such amount of money when po­lice do not col­lect money for au­topsy. I have rep­ri­manded him for that ac­tion. I can’t be every­where to see what my of­fi­cers do but when I asked him why he de­manded money from the de­ceased fam­ily for au­topsy, he said he only asked the mother to the late in­fant to come to the hospi­tal with N150, 000. I was not happy that he even said that to the fam­ily,” he said.

He said that the mother of the late in­fant, Mrs. Omowa who works in the pri­mary school sec­tion, came to school that day, dropped her baby at the Crèche but her at­ten­tion was called few hours later that her son was cry­ing.

“She went over to the day­care to breast­feed her ‘cry­ing’ baby but when she took the baby for breast­feed­ing, she dis­cov­ered that the in­fant was un­con­scious. She im­me­di­ately was told to take the baby to the hospi­tal but on her way to the hospi­tal, she no­ticed that the child was al­ready dead. She im­me­di­ately came to the po­lice and re­ported the mat­ter,” he said.

The DPO said the au­topsy ex­am­i­na­tion will soon be con­ducted to as­cer­tain the cause of death and that in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues, even though the school is yet to pro­duce the ma­tron un­der whose care the baby got sick.

Also, ef­forts by our reporter to get the re­ac­tion of the school author­i­ties proved abortive as she was not al­lowed ac­cess into the school premises.

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