By ALICE NACHILEMBE
Police in Chirundu have arrested a-26-year-old spinster of Chiawa Village in Chiawa Chiefdom for stealing a one month old child.
Police Spokesperson Rae Hamonga said that police in Chirundu received a report of child stealing on May 5, 2022 at 20:30 hours from Christine Shabongwe 28, of Nakakuyu Village within Chirundu town who reported that her one month old child was stolen.
Mr Hamoonga said Ms Shabongwe described the woman who stole her son as tall, slim with a beard and a black spot in the right eye.
He said she also said that the suspect appeared to be heavily pregnant when she came at her house on May 4, 2022 around 14:00 hours. The stranger then told her she was a police officer and was looking for a lady with a newly old baby.
The woman later left and came back on May 5, 2022 around 18:00 hours and pretended to be very tired.
Mr Hamoonga said the mother to the missing child went to a nearby shop to buy Mealie Meal.
“She left the stranger at her house with her two children aged Five and Seven while the missing child was inside her house.
Ten minutes later when she came back she found her gone with the child. The stranger managed to elude the search party and ran away,” he said.
He said Police instituted investigations and the suspect was apprehended on May 6, 2022 after she had taken the child to Chirundu hospital on advice from her parents after she had pretended to have given birth.
Mr Hamoonga said after hospital authorities became suspicious their alerted the police.
He said the suspect is detained in police custody and will appear in court soon.