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Somanya: Mother arrested for allegedly drowning five-year-old son

Police in the Eastern Region have begun investigations into circumstances under which a five-year-old boy allegedly drowned in a well at Ogome, a suburb of Somanya in the Eastern Region.

The incident was allegedly orchestrated by the mother of the boy.

The suspect, 23-year-old Rita Dede, according to sources, told her neighbours how she drowned her son before reporting to the police that he had gone missing.Her neighbours who were shocked after her revelation arrested her and took her to the police station.Speaking to Citi News, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ebenezer Tetteh said the command is looking into the matter and will soon arraign the suspect.

“Rita Dede unemployed from Ogome in Somanya accompanied by Margaret and Mercy Tawiah of H/no B157/1 also of Ogome/Somanya came to the District Headquarters on 9/04/2019 and the former reported on 8/04/2019 at 1730hrs that her 5-year-old son, Tettey Joseph, was playing with his friends but could not find him later. All efforts made to trace the whereabouts of the said child proved futile. Extract of occurrence was prepared from the station diary and handed over to the complainant Rita Dede to be taken to FM station for assistance.”

DSP Ebenezer Tetteh added that, “On April 10th, 2019 at 0600hrs, George Teye Wayo, youth employment coordinator, Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly and Prophet Benjamin Teye Lawer arrested and brought in suspect Rita Dede and  reported that on 8th April 2019 the suspect, Rita Dede confessed to them that she had dumped her son in a well at Ogome Anglican.”

“At 1000hrs the District Commander, ASP Mr Isaac Otsin with six men proceeded to the scene and saw deceased Joseph Tettey lying in a prone position in the well. Photographs were taken at the scene and the police retrieved the decomposed body and deposited same at the Atua Government Hospital Morgue for preservation and Autopsy,” he added.

DSP Ebenezer Tetteh added that “The suspect is in our custody and when we conclude with our investigations she will be put before the law court for the law to deal with her.”

Source: Ghana


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