A worried mother who has not been named has abandoned a newborn baby girl at the doorsteps of a resident pastor of the New Covenant Apostolic Church in Ahodwo, a suburb of Kpong in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region.
On Sunday morning, the pastor heard a baby wailing and opened the door to find the baby wrapped in a cloth laying in the forecourt of his doorway, along with a suicide note from the mother.
The newborn’s appearance confirms the mother’s message that she was delivered on the night of Saturday, July 15, 2023 and dumped there with the umbilical chord still attached.
The suicide note, written on a scrap of paper and presumed to have been left by the distraught mother for the pastor’s family but containing no personal information, was found just under the baby.
The note attempted to explain the mother’s unusual behavior and her trust in the family to assure the baby’s good upbringing.
She did not, however, explain the reasons for her conduct other than to admit to having suicidal thoughts.
The note read, “By the time you will finish reading this letter, I will be dead and gone, please take care of this baby as your child. Please, I regret doing this but that is the only way this baby can have a chance to live, please. She was born just yesterday night, please take care of her. I’m sorry please forgive me. God bless you.”
The Assemblyman for the Kpong Ahodwo Electoral Area, Raymond Gborson, explained that, “This morning [Sunday] at around 5:30am, the resident pastor of Apostolic Church called me that he woke up this morning and found a baby wrapped in a cloth, placed at his doorsteps, he’s living in a storey building so they climbed the stairs to the storey-building and placed it one step into his room so when he got up this morning, he opened his door, he saw it and then he called me.”
He added that, “They just gave birth to the baby without bathing her, her umbilical cord was also not cut.”
The Assemblyman noted that he has since not received any information from the town, concerning any missing nursing mother. He has reported the matter to the Police at Kpong.
The newborn was confirmed to be healthy and was taken to a community health facility, where a midwife successfully severed its umbilical cord and provided the appropriate medical care.
Meanwhile, the Assemblyman is asking to the general public to assist in locating the mother of the infant in order to spare her from suicide thoughts and maybe reunite her with her child.