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The boy, believed to be around two years old, was found at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Nnarambia Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State.
A source told The Eastern Updates on Thursday that the mother left him with a handbag, three baby wears and a wrapper he was enshrouded in.
The Eastern Updates further gathered that the baby’s cry alerted some women during evening church activity who notified the church security and consequently the priest in charge of the parish, Rev. Fr. Cajetan Ukachi quickly called on the community traditional ruler, Eze (Dr.) Pius Onyekwere to contact the divisional police and the LGA social welfare department.
Narrating the ugly incident to the LGA Head of Department (HOD) Social Welfare, Mrs. Meg lyiakaimo, the Parish Rector, Fr. Ukachi stated that the idea of abandoning such a baby with child syndrome, a behavioural or psychological condition that results from the loss or emotional neglect of one or both parents, having a variety of physical and emotional symptoms is not the lasting solution to such a problem, advising couples with similar cases to be patient, seek appropriate medicare and trust in God, the healer of all ailments.
The clergyman also used the opportunity to extol Mrs. lyiakaimo for being proactive and diligent, thereby urging other welfare officers to tow her kind gesture and care to the vulnerable and the orphans.
Reacting, Mrs lyiakaimo said, ‘the social welfare cares and will ensure the protection of the rights of children of all status and disclosed plans to link up the state welfare department, Owerri for further directives on the motherless home the child would be nurtured.’
The child which appears paralyzed and could not talk, sit nor walk, apparently due to loss of muscle tone and reflexes, resulting in weakness of arms and legs, was taken in temporary custody by the welfare officer.
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