Two officials from the Social Welfare Department in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region have been arrested for allegedly stealing a day-old baby.
Probation Officer, Evelyn Jemima [Alangyea] and her colleague, Samuel Obeng Afriyie, a Justice Administration Officer, admitted to selling the baby to a couple for GHS16,500.
The baby’s mother, who hails from Lawra in the Upper West Region, sought support from the Social Welfare Department’s regional office last year after her boyfriend abandoned her with the pregnancy.
She is said to have met Evelyn, who asked her to call when she was due for delivery. The social worker took the mother to a private maternity home in Kumasi and stole the baby the day it was born.
Evelyn told the mother that her sick baby had been referred to a nearby hospital for further observation when she inquired about the welfare of her child.
Speaking to Accra-based Joy FM, PRO of the Ashanti Regional Police Command, DSP Juliana Obeng explained further that: “Evelyn, after informing the biological mother that her baby had been referred to a nearby hospital, hurriedly sent the baby, who was not sick, to the Kumasi Children’s Home and admitted her there without the knowledge of the biological mother.
“And she later returned to the labour ward to inform the mother that the baby had passed on when the baby was still alive.
“On February 3, 2018, Evelyn gave the baby to an applicant – a couple who had gone through the adoption process for a child – through social welfare department.
According to the police, they have so far questioned the managers of the private maternity home as they process the suspects for court.