Police Recover Missing Child, Suspects Arrested

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The territorial police in Nagalama, Mukono district, have recovered a one-month-old baby boy that went missing on October 25, 2023.

In the statement released by the police on October 31, 2023, the police were pleased to announce a significant development in the recovery of the missing child that was recently reported and a case opened at Kasawo Police Station.

Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy police spokesperson, stated that, on October 25, 2023, at approximately 1300 hours, Ms. Akugizibwe Sharon, a 25-year-old housewife residing in Lusera Cell, Kitale Ward, Kasawo Town Council, Mukono District, reported the theft of her one-month-old baby boy.

According to Owoyesigyire, Kasawo Police Station promptly initiated a comprehensive investigation, opened a case file, and contacted the suspect, Babirye Justine, who claimed to be in Busoga but later stated that she was in an undisclosed hospital.

“This child is the son of Mr. Alia Makwali Suruman and Mrs. Akugizibwe Sharon. The incident occurred while Ms. Akugizibwe Sharon briefly left her child at home under the care of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Kiiza Juliet, to collect food from a neighbouring house,” Owoyesigyire stated.

He said that, upon returning, the mother discovered that her baby was missing. And suspicion immediately was centred on a lady named Babirye Justine, who had been seen near the residence on both the day of the incident and the previous day.

He stated that residents of Nawanyago town in Kamuli District played a vital role in this operation, spotting Babirye Justine with the baby during an argument with a man identified as Muwaire Robert, to whom she had falsely claimed she had given birth.

“The community’s vigilance and quick thinking allowed us to question the authenticity of her claim, which, in turn, led to the involvement of local leaders and law enforcement at Kamuli CPS,” he said.

Owoyesigyire thanked the dedication and cooperation of the local community and law enforcement. Efforts were made to trace Babirye Justine, leading to her apprehension and the safe recovery of the kidnapped child.

Babirye and Muwaire were taken into custody on October 29, 2023, and they are currently held at Kasawo Police Station. The rescued child is undergoing a medical examination and will be reunited with his mother.

Kasawo Police Station extended its deepest appreciation to the diligent efforts of the local community, residents, and law enforcement agencies that have contributed to the successful resolution of this case.

The police remain steadfast in their commitment to safeguarding the community and urge everyone to continue working together in the pursuit of a safe and secure environment for all.

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