It was a shocking case recently as an auxiliary nurse, Oyekanmi, pulled off the hands of a new baby while trying to deliver the pregnant mum in labour.
The Punch reports that the pregnant woman, Adeola, had been taken to Oyekanmi’s residence in the Odogunyan, Ikorodu area of Lagos on Saturday, December 24, when she went into labour. It was while attempting to force the baby out that the nurse pulled off the baby's arm.
When she noticed that things were out of her control, she advised that the child be taken to the Ikorodu General Hospital, where the dead child was finally delivered. Doctors at the hospital were reported to have queried the baby’s parents on what truly transpired, and they opened up. The hospital management then alerted the police to the incident. She was however arrested.
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An anonymous witness told The Punch, saying:
“What happened was that the auxiliary nurse tried to deliver the woman of the baby, during which there was a complication. But she continued and in the end, the hand of the baby was pulled off while she tried to force the child out from the mother’s womb.
“Afterwards, they quickly packed the woman together and brought her to the general hospital. It had become a critical case by then. The remains of the dead child were brought out, while the matter was reported to the police.”
The police public relations officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that investigations were ongoing. She said:
“The doctor at the hospital discovered that something was amiss after taking a close look at the dead child and seeing that one hand had been pulled off. All the parties were invited to make statements. It is a case of infanticide; investigations are ongoing.”