Ebonyi: Father loses empathy, buries baby alive

Ebonyi: Father loses empathy, buries baby alive

A 26-year-old father, has allegedly buried his five months old baby alive, ignoring empathy over alleged infidelity. Anthony Sunday, a native of Okwerike Village Abaomege in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi, told police before he was arraigned in court that he presided the death of his daughter in a shallow grave behind his yam


A 26-year-old father, has allegedly buried his five months old baby alive, ignoring empathy over alleged infidelity.

Anthony Sunday, a native of Okwerike Village Abaomege in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi, told police before he was arraigned in court that he presided the death of his daughter in a shallow grave behind his yam ban.

Anthony who had been remanded by the State Higj court in Abakaliki prisons, said the child died on the 26th day of may 2019.

He blamed his ordeal on  incessant disagreements and infidelity with his wife.

According to Anthony, the only way to get back at his unfaithful wife was to kill their breast suckling daughter miss Roseline.

Narrating the incident, a neighbour who craved for anonymity, said the wife after the day’s quarrel in the morning where she was as usually accused by her husband of keeping late nights.

The source said, on that fateful day, his wife had fed and  bathed the baby named, Roseline and took a nap.

The source alleged that the litttle girl was left in custody of her father and other siblings, before she later went out.

She further noted that Roseline’s disappearance and death were not noticed by any other person in the vicinity until the mother returned from undisclosed trip and demanded the whereabouts of her child to enable her wean her but could not find her.

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According to her” when Roseline mother came home that day, she entered the house to breastfeed her daughter but could not see her and she raised alarm.

“Search parties were set up and they sought her to no avail ,one thing led to another and the least expected suspect (her father) started confessing all that transpired and exhumed dead body of the innocent child Roseline behind his yam ban and attributed the blame to the wife, who according to him always makes him upset”, she alleged.

But, Anthony Sunday has arraigned before an Abakaliki Magistrate court presided over by Magistrate Ruth Okeh in a suit numbered MAB/357c/2019 for a count charge of causing the death of Roseline by burying her alive.

He thereby committed an offence punishable under section 319 (1) of criminal code cap 33 vol  1 laws of Ebonyi state of Nigeria, 2009.

Sequel to the gravity of the offence which is above the jurisdiction of a magistrate court, the trial Magistrate ordered remand of the suspect in Abakaliki federal prison and instructed the police to forward all documents and evidence in the matter to (DPP) Director of Public Prosecutions for further prosecution.

The matter was adjourned to 29th day of July 2019 for a report of compliance at the High court.

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The victim was not available as at the time the NEWSPAD Crew visited the residence of the child.

A policeman who lives in the neighborhood, assured that the mother of the child was advised to go for medical treatment as a result of the tragedy that happened to the family.

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