Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
A maid, Cynthia Shamang, has been arrested in Kaduna for absconding with Amarachi, the one-year-old baby of her employer, Mrs. Kachi Mbagwu.
The 17-year old was arrested alongside her father in Kaduna and handed over to the police in Abuja.
Cynthia was apprehended by the police on Wednesday in Kaduna. She fled with Amarachi on December 10, 2016 after her boss went for the annual Shiloh service at the Living Faith Church, Dutse Alhaji, Kubwa, some kilometres away.
Mbagwu told Northern City News on Thursday that the maid abandoned Amarachi at a deserted garden in Kaduna, saying the baby cried throughout the night, adding that a security guard around the area rescued her the next morning.
It was learnt that the guard was afraid to rescue the child that night because the garden was known be infested with snakes and other dangerous animals.
The relieved mother stated that Cynthia had barely spent three days with her when she absconded with her daughter.
She said she returned from the church to find the house deserted and her daughter and the maid nowhere to be found.
“We circulated the incident on WhatsApp and other social media platforms asking people to assist in finding the girl. We later learnt that a security guard who heard my baby’s cries at a deserted garden rescued her the next morning and took her to the NTA station in Kaduna which broadcast it,” she narrated, adding that she was contacted by those who identified her child.
Mbagwu said Amarachi was in good condition, noting that she was however dehydrated. “I am about taking her to the hospital for check-up, but she seems alright,” she said.
Asked the reason Cynthia gave for her action, she said, “The maid said she didn’t want to work as a maid anymore and that she went away with my child because she didn’t want to leave the girl alone in the house.”
The Federal Capital Territory police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, confirmed the arrest of the maid, saying investigation had commenced into the matter.