Mrs Tina Ugbonaya, the woman accused of withholding 5-month-old baby of her employee, Chidubem, who has since died, has come forward to tell her side of the story.
Mrs. Ugbonaya told Punch that Gift gave birth to her child in June of this year. She stated that the child was born healthy but did not receive maternal care from Gift. She claimed that Gift abandoned her baby one month after giving birth and returned to the village, claiming that her uncle had enrolled her for the WAEC exam and that she needed to go and sit for it.
Mrs. Ubonaya claimed that after giving birth, Gift refused to feed the child and denied the child breast milk. She claimed Gift fled her home because she and her husband insisted she look after her child. She claimed she gave the baby boy to a nurse to care for because he had become emaciated as a result of Gift’s negligence. Mrs. Ugbonaya claimed she paid the nurse N30,000 to look after the baby. She vehemently denied kidnapping the child.
Her husband, who also spoke, backed up her claims that Gift had neglected her child.
Gift, for her part, claimed that her husband brought her from the village to Lagos and was taking good care of her. She stated that she had her baby in June and that by August she had decided to travel home, and that when she returned, the couple allegedly began maltreating her.
Gift claimed that after accusing her of going out to meet men, her husband asked her to leave the house. She stated that she was thrown out in the middle of the night and that when she called the next day to find out when she could come pick up her baby, the husband told her she had to pay the entire amount they had spent in the hospital, which he claimed was N200,000, before she could collect her child. Mrs Ugbonaya later called Gift, claiming the hospital bill was N5 million and that she needed to pay it before she could get her baby back.
Mrs. Ugbonaya, she said, clung to her baby for a month before he died.
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