Kabale Woman Suffocates Own Child, Arrested

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Police in Kabale is holding a 30 year old woman in connection with the death of her two month old daughter. Loy Tukamushaba was arrested on October 9 after she was found sleeping with the dead infant next to her.

Police in Kabale is holding a 30 year old woman in connection with the death of her two month old daughter. Loy Tukamushaba was arrested on October 9 after she was found sleeping with the dead infant next to her.

Tukamushaba, a resident of Bukora Village, Bukosra Parish in Kitumba sub-county, is said to have started drinking heavily in the early hours of Wednesday as celebrations to mark 50 years of Ugandan independence kicked off. She did not stop until midday when she informed her drinking companions that she was going home to breastfeed her child.

It was concerned neighbours who found Tukamushaba asleep and her daughter dead next to her.

Police was called and quickly moved to shield Tukamushaba from being lynched by the angry neighbours and other people who had gathered upon hearing the news. Neighbours accused her of killing her baby.

Several neighbours who spoke to Uganda Radio Network (URN) claimed that Tukamushaba had complained on several occasions that her daughter cried too much. She reportedly told her neighbours that one day she might be tempted to kill it.

Tukamushaba, however, told URN that she had not strangled her daughter as some angry neighbours alleged. She said that she accidently slept on her and did not realise as she was still drunk.

South –south western Regional Police spokesperson Elly Maate told URN that the police investigations into the matter are underway and that a postmortem will be carried out to find out the real cause of the child’s death.

Tukamushaba is currently held at Kabale Central Police Station.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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