Teen Girl Buries Her Own New Born Alive In Akwa Ibom
18-year-old girl in Akwa Ibom buried her own new born baby simply because it was an unwanted pregnancy
A young girl buried her newborn baby alive in Ifa Ikot Okpon village, Uyo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom state, only minutes after giving birth.
According to reports, the 18-year-old girl known only as Bright did not want the baby after giving birth and was forced to bury her in a small hole she dug in a yard within a complex on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
The girl, who lives with her parents in a leased flat, told Premium Times that she didn’t realize she was pregnant until she gave birth.
Nevertheless, based on what her father, Okon Ekpenyong, and others acquainted with the incident have claimed, she appears to have lied.
“My body was bothering me.
I suddenly dropped down here (referring to the area where she buried the baby), and I saw a baby emerge from my body.
I started crying,? she sobbed.
“The infant had died.
I was unconscious.
I dug a tiny hole to hold the baby until my mother returned so I could show her,? she explained.
When questioned why she didn’t bring the baby inside instead of leaving her in that location, she answered, “I didn’t know what to do.”
?I was in shock when I gave birth,? she said once again.
There was no one who could tell me what.”
A white piece of linen smeared with blood was dropped at the side of the little grave in the garden where the infant was buried.
A leaf from a plantain tree found nearby, which Bright had used to cover the infant while inside the tomb.
“Two witnesses to the incident questioned Bright’s allegation that the infant was already dead when she buried it.
Matthew, a co-tenant in the property, claimed the infant was still alive when Bright buried it.
“He asked whether the baby was crying.
Also, Matthew stated that Bright dug the hole the day before she gave birth, not on the day she gave birth.
Elizabeth Okon, a local midwife, confirmed Matthew’s assertion that the infant was still alive before it was buried.
She stated that the baby’s cries drew the attention of the compound’s caretaker, who phoned to alert her (the midwife) of the occurrence.
Mrs Okon stated that because she was one of the first responders, she brought the baby out of the grave, washed her up, and rushed to the highway to transport her to the hospital.
“Keke (commercial tricycle riders) refused to collect the old naira notes, which kept us on the road for several hours till the baby died.
I had already inspected the baby, and it was still breathing,? she explained.
As of 2:30 p.m., the baby’s body was still being held in the compound of the community’s late village chief.
Mr Ekpenyong revealed that his daughter ran away from home a few days ago when he and his wife feared she was pregnant and wanted to take her to the doctor.
When the magazine approached Bright to react to her father’s allegation, she stated she went to a church to find a midwife who might help her with the pregnancy, which plainly contradicted her prior claim that she was unaware she was pregnant until the time she gave birth.
Bright said that the pregnancy was caused by a man called Ezekiel, who lives in the neighborhood.
She said that her parents had seen the youngster whenever he came to see her.