By Nation Reporter
A 23-year-old woman of Meheba refugee settlement has been arrested in Kalumbila district for stealing a three-month-old baby at Mukinge Mission Hospital in Kasempa district.
North-Western Province deputy commissioner of police Geoffrey Kunda confirmed the development to the Daily Nation and identified the woman as Cecillia Gommes of Road Seven in Meheba refugee camp.
Mr Kunda said the incident happened on Tuesday at around 10:00 hours when the mother of the toddler Angela Shimika of Mufumbwe district in chief Mushima’s area left the child in the ward as she went to hang some clothes on the line outside the ward.
“I can confirm that we have in custody a woman who stole a child at Mukinge hospital. The mother went to hang some clothes on the line outside the ward around 10:00 hours and when she came back she found the baby was missing,” Mr Kunda said. He said the matter was reported to Kasempa police station around 10:30 hours and police communicated to all check points and intercepted the woman at Mutanda check point at about 14:00 hours with the baby in a taxi she booked from Kasempa to take her to Meheba.
“From Kasempa she booked a tax; and paid the taxi driver K200 but she was intercepted at Mutanda check point,” he said.
Mr Kunda said Gommes was currently in custody and had since been charged with the offence of child stealing and will appear in court tomorrow.