Malawi Police in Dedza district have confirmed the arrest of a 30-year-old woman Saukira Saidi who stole a day-old baby on Thursday.
Saidi stole the newborn by tricking its mother, Grace Chimseu into thinking that she was a good samaritan.
Police have also arrested Saidi’s husband, Gladson Jacob Banda, her mother Emily Samalani and sister in-law, Evidence Jacob Banda as accomplices.
The suspects have since been charged with child abduction and will appear in court soon.
According to police, Saidi, a mother of two, on 3rd April visited Dauya Village in the district imposing as Eunice Msukwa from Karonga district who owns an orphanage in Blantyre, and was in the area looking for a 17-year-old pregnant girl to support.
She met village headman Kamwachale who felled for her tricks, and assisted her in indentifying the victim- Grace Chimseu. They later met with Chimseu’s mother who consented to the imposter’s offer without thorough consultations since she claimed to have official documents to back up her case.
The two, Chimseu and Saidi left the village for Dedza Boma where they spent a night; and whilst there the girl started experiencing labour pains and was rushed to a district hospital where she gave birth to a baby girl.
And on Thursday morning after being discharged, Saidi suggested to Chimseu that they should go to the police to formalize their deal.
And while on their way, she lied she had forgotten some things at the hospital and asked Chimseu to drop out of the vehicle they were traveling in and wait by a roadside. She left the baby in the car.
Saidi sped off and never returned. She drove to Lilongwe where she met her husband before proceeding to her home village, Chatoloma in T/A Santhe in Kasungu district on their way to Mzuzu.
The law-enforcers arrested Saidi in Nkhamenya along with her husband, her mother and sister in law who were in the same vehicle.
Saidi and her husband have been married for seven years and have no children; however the two have two children each from their previous marriages, according to police.
Gladson Jacob Banda, 32, and his sister, Evidence, 33, come from Mankhokwe village in chief Msakambewa’s area in Dowa district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :