The Kumasi Circuit Court has sentenced a 45-year-old woman, Theresa Asamoah, to six (6) years in prison with hard labour for her alleged involvement in a baby theft incident that happened at the Kumasi South Government Hospital.
According to a Police investigation, Mrs. Asamoah and her daughter, Priscilla Appiah on June 10, 2019, tricked a nursing mother who was delivered at the hospital and took away her baby.
Her daughter, 21-year-old Priscilla Appiah, who pleaded not guilty, to the charge has been granted a GHS100,000 bail with three sureties to be justified.
The police say the mother of the baby migrated from Nandom and was ahead porter staying with the suspect and her daughter who at the time had faked a pregnancy to her husband.
During the court hearing on Thursday, the prosecutor Inspector Oparebea stated that Priscilla Appiah then took the baby home and informed her husband that she had given birth while the head porter, Sylvia Pime, was told that her baby died shortly after she gave birth and was sacked from the house.
The prosecutor added that Sylvia Pime, after receiving that news, went back to her hometown, Nandom only to return in two years’ time to Kumasi to realise that her baby was still alive.
She then reported the matter to the police through which the Ashanti regional coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit, (DOVSU) of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Susana Dery and her team launched investigations into the case and subsequently arrested the suspects.