Police in Arua have arrested and detained a 32 years
old woman, accusing her of being a serial child deserter in the city.
Sharon Baiti Ayikoru, a resident of Dadamu was picked up
on Tuesday after a weeklong search for her by a team of police Child and Family Protection Unit-CFPU and volunteers.
This followed a case against her for child desertion
of her 5 months old third child whom she abandoned in Pajulu on 16th
January 2022. Baiti, who has reportedly delivered three children
with different men also mid-last year dumped her second child and she was
arrested and detained at Arua CPS before she was counseled and later set free.
Gertrude Orodriyo Agnes the Child and Family
Protection Unit Officer in Arua who arrested Baiti and is also keeping her child
since January 14th when it was deserted told URN that the suspect is known for having dealings with various men and has many
cases with the police against her.
According to Gertrude Orodriyo, she is now being forced to dig
into her pocket to buy milk for the 5-month old infant every day without any
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Jimmy Anguyo the head of Child and Family Protection Unit in West Nile said cases of Child abandonment and desertion have taken an
increasing trend since the Covid-19 lockdown took effect.
Anguyo added that as CFPU, they no longer counsel the
suspects but forward their files Court for prosecution.
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Speaking in Lugbara, Sharon Ayikoru Baiti admitted to
committing the same crime more than two times but explained that she is being
prompted by failure by the fathers of the children to provide for her and the
children forcing her to always abandon them.
According to records at the regional CFPU 20 cases of
Child desertion involving mainly young mothers were registered between December
last year and January 2022.