Two officials of the Social Welfare Department in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, have been arrested for allegedly stealing and selling a day-old baby.
The two, Evelyn Jemima Alangeah, a Probation Officer and Samuel Obeng Afriyie, an Administrative Officer, allegedly stole the baby from a maternity home in Kumasi and sold it to a couple for GH¢16,500 cash.
According to the Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Juliana Obeng, the baby’s mother who hails from Lawra in the Upper West Region, sought support from the Social Welfare Department's Regional Office in 2017 after her boyfriend abandoned her.
Evelyn Jemima Alangeah who offered to help, asked her to get in touch when she was due for delivery.
Evelyn is said to have taken her to a private maternity home in Kumasi and stole the baby the day it was born.
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She reportedly told the woman her sick baby had been referred to a nearby hospital for further observation after it was born with rashes on the neck.
She said, Evelyn, after selling the baby told the woman her baby did not survive but when the mother confided in a friend, she was advised to report the matter to the police.
According to DSP Obeng, investigations by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, however, revealed that Evelyn took the baby to the Kumasi Children’s Home, and later sold the baby to a couple who had applied to adopt a baby at the department for GH¢16,500.
According to her, the two officials shared the money from the sale of the baby.
DSP Juliana Obeng said the police have taken custody of the baby after admitting the two suspects to bail.
"As we speak, the baby is in good condition; the baby has been taken to a home so that she could be taken care of whilst the investigation and then court proceedings also go on," she explained.