A newly born baby, still with his umbilical cord and blood, was found abandoned yesterday [May 25] morning at a dump-site at Shyllon Junction, Palmgrove area, Ilupeju, Lagos.
According to an eye witness, Mr. Adeleke Adesanya, the abandoned baby was found by a scavenger at the site. He alerted some residents of the area who picked the baby up. Mr. Adesanya: “The baby was discovered around 10am at Shyllon Junction by some people. The baby was found wrapped with an Ankara inside a sack”.
Another eye witness: the abandoned baby was discovered miraculously by a scavenger when he was trying to pick something from the dump site. “I believe that the abandoned baby is a lucky child". “What happened was that while the boy was trying to bring out a sack from the refuse dump, the sack dropped from his hand and to his surprise he saw blood on the ground and heard the voice of a crying baby. He was scared and moved away; it was his voice that caught the attention of passersby to move closer to see what was happening. And when we moved closer we saw the child with umbilical cord”, the eye witness said.
Worried by the state of the child, the residents alerted officials of the Little Saints Orphanage, whose office was nearby to come to their rescue. The orphanage officials came and took the baby to Ultima Medical Clinic for proper medical attention. It was at the hospital that the baby was finally cleaned up and his umbilical cord removed.
The boy was later handed over to officials of the orphanage. Confirming the incident to Narional Mirror, a reliable source at Ilupeju Police Station, said that the incident was reported at the police station by a Good Samaritan.
“The abandoned baby was found at a dustbin in Shyllon Junction and the incident was reported to us by a Good Samaritan. We went there to pick the baby and we took the baby for medical care with officials of the Little Saints Orphanage”, the source said. Speaking to Saturday Mirror on the incident, the founder of Little Saints Orphanage, Rev. (Mrs.) Dele George, said that her orphanage decided to intervene because it was the closet orphanage to the venue of the incident.
The baby was still fresh as at the time we carried it, he was still some hours old. He is a very handsome boy and the baby is yet to be traumatised as at the time we saw him. I believe the mother abandoned baby immediately she delivered.
The baby was still fresh, he was newly abandoned and from the look of things, he was not even a day old. After treating the baby we decided to give him to the Ministry of Youths and Social Development, where they will decide the orphanage the baby will be taken to.
Investigation by Saturday Mirror revealed that the discovery of the baby was recorded at the Juvenile Welfare Centre, Alakara, Idi-Oro in Mushin area of Lagos before he was handed over to an official of the Ministry of Youths and Social Development who will decide what to do with the baby.