A 22-year-old single mother, identified as Happiness Mmadu, has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell one of her four-day-old twins in order to pay her hospital bill.
The incident occurred at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State.
Happiness, it was gathered, allegedly conspired with one Dorothy Sunday in the deal.
A source in the hospital, who preferred not to be mentioned, told Southern City News that Dorothy, who hails from Izzi in Ebonyi State, came to the maternity ward on Wednesday, claiming that Happiness was her younger sister.
It was learnt that their deal went awry when a nurse moved into the ward to dress the bed where the twins were lying only to discover that one of the babies was no longer there.
The source stated, “The nurse raised the alarm and other nurses at the ward went after Dorothy, who was already approaching the exit gate of the hospital.
“The nurses searched her handbag and discovered that Dorothy hid the baby inside the bag. The baby was taken from her and an angry crowd pounced on her, beat her up and stripped her.
“She (Dorothy) was about being set on fire when policemen from the Central Police Station, Nnewi, arrived at the scene and took her away.
“The police also arrested Happiness, the mother of the twins, who said she hails from the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State.”
Speaking with our correspondent, Dorothy said Happiness had asked her to come and take the male baby so that she would raise money to pay the N200,000 hospital bill.