By Rashidat Akashat
A Plateau State indigene of Shendan Local Government Area, who is a frustrated mother of six, has disclosed why she threw her one-day-old infant into the soakaway, immediately after her birth.
Juliana James, a resident at Guru village on the outskirts of Bauchi State, broke down in tears, professing her love for her child, while speaking with journalists at the police Command headquarters in Bauchi.
She said that she was frustrated due to the current hardship in the country and lost it.
Bed-ridden husband has no job
Juliana, who lives in a one-room apartment with her husband and six children, claimed that things were so tough for her family.
“Things are hard. My husband has no job. He had an accident three months ago. He is still in the hospital and the situation became worse for us. We don’t see food to eat. We were dying of starvation.
”I delivered at home and threw the baby into the toilet because I didn’t know how we are going to take care of it. I didn’t tell my husband, “ she narrated with a choked voice.
Juliana who said that the accident had rendered her husband impotent, according to Vanguard, further explained that the continuous wailing of the child in the soak-away made her alert her neighbours, intimating them about everything.
The baby was immediately rescued alive and rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, where she was given medical attention.
Blame it on depression
A source close to the mother of six, said that she seemed to have been depressed lately, following the hardship in the country.
“She was a hardworking mother and House wife who fried kwosai (bean-cake in the neighbourhood but for some time now during her pregnancy she had not been coming out. May be the recession took its toll on her,” The source said.
Juliana however, was immediately arrested by the police and is being held at the police station.
The Commissioner of police Zaki Ahmed, who paraded the suspect for child abandonment, said the case was still under investigation and the child had been handed over to the social welfare officials after recovery.