6-day-old baby recovered from a latrine, mother held

A six-day-old baby girl was reportedly retrieved from a latrine at New Site in Juba on Thursday morning.

Speaking to journalists from hotel, a case worker at the Women’s Union in Juba, Betty Thomas, says she received a call from a police station about the incident.

Apparently, around midnight, the unnamed baby’s mother woke up screaming – claiming the child had been stolen, creating suspicion among the neighbors, who decided to search around. They later got the baby inside the toilet, according to a statement from the police.

“I was attending to a workshop at the…hotel. I received a call from police station that they had arrested a woman who threw a child into a pit latrine,” Ms Thomas told reporters.

Upon reaching the police station, she picked the baby and took the innocent child to the Juba Teaching Hospital for medical care.

“I am taking the child to Juba teaching hospital for checkup because since the child was removed from the toilet, she has been quite, not crying, but breathing,” she add.

In an off record phone call interview with The Radio Community, the police at New Site police station said the 20-year-old mother is currently under police custody for investigation.