From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.
The Sunyani Magistrate Court “B”, presided over by Mr Justice Joseph Mensah, has remanded into prison custody a 25–year-old nursing mother who dumped her one-and-half-year-old baby girl, now deceased into a pit latrine at Chiraa in the Sunyani West District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
The accused, Ama Tusor, a farmer who has been charged with murder but whose plea was not taken in court will re-appear before court on August 20, 2010.
The court, however, ordered that the accused be sent to the psychiatric hospital for an examination to ascertain whether she is mentally sound or not.
The facts of the case as presented in court were that the accused was a farmer residing at Chiraa while the complainant, Amadu Salifu, a farmer also lived in the same vicinity with the accused.
On July 16, 2010, at about 9.30 a.m. the complainant who lived closer to the accused heard the accused had gone to dump her one-and-half-year –old baby girl into pit which they also used as a place of convenience.
The complainant, therefore, decided to ask the accused the whereabouts of her baby and the accused who was bold enough told the complainant that she had dumped the baby in a pit.
The complainant in the company of three others marched the accused to the pit and found the baby in the maggot infested pit.
The complainant then took the accused to the Chiraa police station who led the police to the pit.
The Police after rescuing the baby from the pit sent her to the Chiraa Clinic but was pronounced dead on arrival and after investigations the accused was put before the court.