Residents near Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town awoke yesterday morning to find the body of a little girl, believed to be three years old, abandoned near the hospital.
Inquiries by the Daily Observer did not reveal the parents of the deceased child and neither did any information surface about what might have caused her death.
“All we know is that some evil parent left this body here late in the night,” a mother of three, who would not give her name, said. “This is a sad story for this poor child.”
Another resident, a mother of four, who only gave her first name, Tetee, said, “It is no wonder we are being chased around by Ebola because our evil deeds are plenty.”
She said she could not understand how a parent could have the courage to “dump her child, whether alive or not, and disappear.”
Further investigations conducted around the area and into New Kru Town proper did not reveal anyone whose daughter had been reported missing and the nearby police depot could not comment on the incident.
As the morning wore on, many parents, particularly women, with tears in their eyes, streamed to the area to have a glance at the child.
Many wondered what might have happened, a question to which no one seemed to have an answer.
The child’s remains rested beside the east wall of the hospital, slightly covered by weeds and a cover-cloth, but could still be clearly seen by passersby.
It was not clear whether the child had been sick and its mother could not afford the cost of treatment, and when the child expired, perhaps decided to abandon it at the most likely place where she could have been helped.
Many mothers and some fathers said that such a tragedy had not happened in the community for a long time and they suspected that the economic difficulties in the country, increased by the presence of the deadly Ebola virus could have heaped unbearable pressure on whoever might have abandoned the dead child.
“This should send a clear message to our leaders that Liberia has reached a period in her existence that more needs to be done to and for parents,” said a father of four.
He added: “I’m not justifying the crime against this child but parents are being pressed too much. This makes it clear that the Liberian family is in trouble.”
With the presence of many child advocacy groups in the country, including the Street Child of Liberia, (SCoL), a volunteer said, “It does not make sense for a parent to go that route in such a situation.”
A police officer from the New Kru Town Depot said the situation is a case for the homicide division of the Liberia National Police. He, however, suggested that it is also a case for the Ebola Response Team to handle.