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Abia Police apprehend woman for child theft

In a shocking incident, a woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing her friend’s one month two days old baby in Aba, the Abia State capital. The suspect, identified as Adaeze Lawrence, was apprehended by the Abia State Police Command

Lawrence who is a hairdresser was said to have gained the trust of her victim before carrying out her wicked act.

According to the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chioma Chinaka, in a statement released to the press, credible intelligence led to the suspect’s arrest on Monday.

“On August 14, 2023, around 4pm, the Abia State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Aba, received credible information and effectively apprehended one Adaeze Lawrence of Amaogbonna Road, off Osisikakwu Street in Aba.

“She was found in possession of a baby boy who is one month and two days old.

“During interrogation, the accused confessed to abducting the child from Onyinyechi Owujie’s residence situated at 5, Cricke Road, off Nigeria Brewery, Aba.

“Investigation revealed that the suspect and the baby’s mother’s elder sister were schoolmates. The suspect took advantage of this relationship to gain the baby’s mother’s trust.

“The suspect, under the pretence of visiting her friend, requested to celebrate the new baby’s birth. On their celebration outing, she absconded with the baby.”

Lawrence earlier denied that the baby was stolen when she was questioned but after a medical examination, she had no choice but to come clean.

“Upon the suspect’s arrest, Adaeze Lawrence denied the crime, but medical examinations from the police clinic disproved her claims, leading to her confession. The child’s biological mother identified the baby, confirming the abduction on August 6, 2023,” Chinaka added.

Investigations, the police said is still going on.

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