Why I Buried My New Born Baby ‘Alive’ – Teenager Spills


Feb 16, 2023

A teenage girl has given reasons for quickly burying her baby alive in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The girl, identified as Bright, 18, did not want the baby after giving birth, and had to bury her in a shallow grave inside a sprawling compound in the Ifa Ikot Okpon community, Uyo Local Government Area.

Bright, who lives with her parents in a rented house, told Premium Times that she did not know she was pregnant until the moment she gave birth. But her father, Okon Ekpenyong and others who are familiar with the incident, countered the claim.

‘’I saw a baby coming out of my body. My body was paining me. All of a sudden, I now fell down here (pointing at the garden where she buried the baby), I saw a baby coming out of my body. I started crying,” she narrated tearfully.
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“The baby was dead. I was unconscious. I dug a small place to keep the baby until my mother comes back, so I can show her,” she added.

In the garden where the baby was buried, there was a white piece of cloth stained with blood discarded at the edge of the tiny grave. Near it, there was a leaf from a plantain tree, which Bright had used to cover the baby while inside the grave.

Two people who witnessed the incident faulted Bright’s claim that the baby was already dead before she buried it.
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A co-tenant in the compound, Matthew, said the baby was still alive before Bright buried it.

“The baby was crying,” he said.

Besides, Matthew said Bright dug the grave a previous day, not on the day she gave birth.

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