Newly born babies swapped at Ndola Teaching Hospital

 Newly born babies swapped at Ndola Teaching Hospital

Police on the Copperbelt are investigating a suspected Child Swapping case at Ndola Teaching Hospital.

Copperbelt Commanding Officer Peacewell Mweemba said the Hospital Management have taken swabs for DNA, which was collected by Dr Petrenko Vladimir from the mentioned mothers and the babies in question.

Mr Mweemba said the DNA specimen is likely to be taken to Zambia Police Service Headquarters’ Forensic Department for determination of the rightful parents to each of the babies in dispute.

He said the concerned parties have been assured to be availed with Forensic results as soon as possible.

Mr Mweemba said Brie facts are that Danny Kiprios 35, father to one of the newly born infants, also of Farm No. 2525, Commando Road, Ndola complained that the baby boy his wife Majory Kiprios 25, gave birth to, was swapped with another newly born baby by unknown persons.

He said that on January 13, 2023 at about 10:00 hours, the wife to Kiprios gave birth to a baby boy at the above mentioned Hospital through caesarian section.

Mr Mweemba said she was shown the baby boy who weighed 4.4kg thereafter it was taken to the nursery with a tag placed on the baby’s hand bearing its mother’s details.

He said and on January 14, 2023 after she recovered she was taken to Post Natal ward and she asked for her baby boy.

“She was given a baby who appeared to be of a less weight to the baby she was shown first. According to Mrs Kiprios she claimed that her baby boy was with another mother named Violet Mulenga 26. Both mothers Mrs Kiprios and Violet Mulenga claim that they did not give birth to the baby boy who weighed 3.4kg. Both are claiming for the same baby who weighed 4.4KG at birth.

“The dispute was brought to the attention of the hospital management, who discovered that the tag on the small baby’s hand had a birth weight of 4.4kg. The tag on the big baby was tight and read 3.4kg, which clearly indicated that the tags were swapped on the two babies,” he said.

Alice Nachilembe

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