May 16, 2013, 10:42 AM
One Fatou Njie was recently arraigned at the Kanifing Magistrates' Court before Magistrate Charles Thomas, charged with exposing children.
According to the particulars of offence, on 2nd February 2010, at Ebo-Town, she abandoned her five-months-old son in a house in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to his health.
The facts as narrated by 1st Class 319 Jobe, stated that it first happened in the month of December 2009, at EboTown when the accused was escorted to Banjul Police Station by one police officer for abandoning her 3-months-old baby for almost 3 days in their compound without coming back.
He adduced that the accused was advised to desist from such act and was later released to reunite with her son.
According to him, the accused again left her son with her sister Binta Njie under the pretext that she was going to the market but never came back. Subsequently, he said the matter was reported to Banjul Police Station, and the accused was arrested by the police on 8th February 2010.
Officer Jobe further revealed that when she was interrogated about her baby's welfare, she replied that she left the baby at home when the incident of the firebreak occurred where the baby suffered serious burns on his body and currently under medical treatment at RVTH.
The trial Magistrate subsequently cautioned and discharged her.