2 month-old infant dies at Kubwa daycare
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.