Police in Lilongwe have arrested a 25-year-old woman, Rosemarie Leo who went on a rampage of stealing newborn babies from government hospitals in Lilongwe.
According to national police, Leo is the one who stole a day-old baby boy at Mtenthera health centre in Nathenje on Sunday and has been caught after stealing another baby at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) on Wednesday.
Leo stole the first baby while the mother Mgwilizani Kambwiri was having a bath and she stole the second one from Maureen Chisangwi who gave birth to twins on September 28th, 2015 at Ntchisi district hospital and was referred to KCH for further treatment.
“Maureen Chisangwi was admitted at KCH and was with her mother as a guardian. On this day (Wednesday) the suspect approached the guardian as a well-wisher willing to help her in taking care of one of the babies, the guardian accepted. However the suspect ran away with the baby,” explained National police Publicist, Rhoda Manjolo.
Leo was arrested on Thursday by Nathenje police officers after intensive man-hunt.
Manjolo said: “The baby which she stole at Nathenje was found alive at her home village Thete in Dedza by our officers who had gone there to investigate after being tipped, but by then the suspect had escaped leaving the baby with her young sister”.
Leo will be charged with Child Stealing contrary to Section 167 of the Penal Code. The offence attracts a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :