A newborn baby cried itself to death after its mother wrapped it inside a carton and dumped it at a refuse bin in Akwa Ibom.
According to Child's Right And Rehabilitation Network (CRARN), a Non-Governmental Organization which is involved in rescuing abandoned children and rehabilitating them, the baby girl which was abandoned near a bank, died after hours of supposedly battling for survival.
CRARN narrated on its Facebook wall that the baby had become pale by the time she was found following a long period of crying.
This is what the NGO wrote on its wall:
"One of the witnesses said the mother might have considered the baby to be of evil or she might have been driven by poverty.
There are a lot of children being thrown away like this in recent times because the mothers think they're witches or plagued by demon spirits or maybe for lack of what to feed the children.
A resident of the area, Mr. Okon Isaac, in a bid to buy fuel at a fuel station along Ikot Ekpene Road, said he heard the cry of a baby near the refuse bin, dressed neatly and dumped in the biscuit carton.
Isaac said, 'I have been here since 5:47 am. I wanted to buy fuel from Total, which only sells the product when available between the hours of 4 and 6:20am. After this time, they stop selling or pretending not to have the product.
As I was passing, I heard the cry of the baby. I began to wonder where the baby was crying from, but when I got close to the refuse bin, just off the road, I saw a baby girl neatly dressed and dumped in a biscuit carton.
I could not go to Total in search of fuel again. I stayed behind to observe if the mother of the baby might change her mind and come back for the baby.
And before long, people started to troop in as they heard the cry of the baby. As we live in a period of child theft and selling of children for money, people were scared to touch the baby.
They all stood helplessly; should anyone risk lifting the baby, and the police happen to be around, the individual can be accused of child theft, or whatever.
When contacted, the police reportedly said they were aware of the situation and had contacted the Ministry of Environment for necessary action.
Meanwhile, until the baby died; neither the police nor officials of the Ministry of Environment were seen at the scene."
Cases of child abandonment are becoming prevalent in the society, a clear indication that many do not place any value of the lives of the children.