Arusha Times (Arusha)

23 August 2014

Tanzania: Man Escapes After Defiling One-Year Old Child

A 30-year-old man is wanted by the police in Arusha after allegedly abducting and sexually defiling a one-year old baby girl.

The nurse in charge at the children ward of Mount Meru Hospital, Sr Florah Kessy said the baby was taken to the hospital surgical section last week in critical condition.

"This is one of the most cruel things that tender age children are being forced to undergo in the hands of irresponsible and maniac adults," stated the Nurse, who added that surgeons were doing everything possible to save the life of the baby.

The baby's mother, a resident of Sokon-One Ward south of the city, explained that she had always trusted the culprit's Mother to take care of the child whenever she went out on short errands because they happen to be neighbours.

On the fateful day, over the weekend, the mother had again left the child with her neighbor but upon returning during the night, she was taken aback when she did not find the baby at the neighbour's place as usual.

Upon asking, she was told that the culprit had taken the baby to the shops to buy her biscuits, but as time went on without them returning, the mother decided to go out looking for her baby including filing reports at the Unga-Limited Police station when it became apparent that, neither the culprit nor the baby were to be found even after midnight.

It was until very early in the morning when the suspect appeared carrying the child that upon inspection was found to be bleeding profusely.

Seeing things were becoming serious, the culprit's mother tried to bribe the baby's mother with 100,000/- so that the matter should not go public, especially to the police but the woman refused and filed the case at the station where the baby got PF-3 form that allowed her to get treatment.

At least one child gets defiled every week in Arusha City with the figures at Mount Meru Hospital indicating that there have been 53 such cases between July last year and June 2014; "These are just the medical cases filed here, other incidences remain unreported or get handled in other health centres," stated the Nurse in charge.

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