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Police arrest five over child theft at PCMH

September 9, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

Head of Operations at the Eastern Police Division, Assistant Superintendent Kelvin Abioseh Samura has disclosed to Concord Times that they have arrested five suspects in relation to the kidnaping and stealing of a new born baby at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) in Freetown.

ASP Samura said they received the report of the alleged incident on Monday (5th September) and that they made a swift move to investigate the issue.

He said with the help of the 24 Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed at the facility, they were able to identify who trafficked the child from the hospital.

“After we reviewed the CCTV, we found out that the lady who took the child out of the gate was not a nurse. She is the sister of Filis Stevens, the nurse who was in charge of the ward,” he said.

He explained that Stevens called her sister, Regina Stevens who she gave the discharged card that enabled her to move out with the child through the exit gate.

He said Filis Stevens had made a confessional statement to the police that she had got two miscarriages in succession and had a seven months pregnancy that she was not confident of having a successful delivery.

This according to the police, prompted her to steal the child.

 He said the lady who took the child outside as shown on the CCTV footage, has cut short her hair to distort the evidence.

According to him, the mother of the stolen child was yet to make statement to police as she was still unconscious after the cesarean operations.

However, Matron Housinatu Koroma attached to the PCMH, who also doubles as the Chief Nursing Officer at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation frowned at the incident and described it as an unfortunate situation.

“This is a professional misconduct on the part of the health workers at PCMH. We strongly condemned it because over the years similar issues have been happening in the hospital,” she said

She noted that the CCTV cameras were installed at the facility not only to monitor child trafficking but also to monitor staff members that may engage in other surreptitious activities in the hospital.

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