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DNA evidence of baby swapping at Ndola Teaching Hospital

A suspect who switched two newborns at the hospital is being sought for by police and hospital administrators at Ndola Teaching Hospital (NTH).

This follows a DNA test on the two infants who were allegedly switched between January 13 and January 14, 2018.

A alleged baby swap put two mothers in a difficult situation earlier between January 13 and 14.

Danny Kiprios, 35, filed a complaint alleging that his son, who was born weighing 4.4 kg, was switched for a newborn weighing 3.5 kg.

Results of a suspected child swap, according to Copperbelt police commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba, show that the infants were switched.

“Investigations were instituted and samples were collected from the two mothers and from the two babies and they were sent to police service headquarters Forensic department for DNA analysis. A follow up report on the matter is such that the DNA results have been received from Lusaka and they are indicating that the babies were indeed swapped. They are indicating that the bigger baby who weighed 4.4kg truely belonged to the Majory wapamesa kaprios (the complainants).

The other smaller baby who weighed 3.5kg belongs to Violet Mulenga Mulenga, contrary to her claim that her baby was the bigger one,” he said.

He said this is in accordance to the DNA report as analysed by the Forensic Department.

“The dispute of identifying the two babies to their biological mothers has been settled by the results ,but what is remaining is finding out the suspect who swapped the bands on the hands of the two infants so as to create a confusion. As such investigations are on going so as to bring the suspect to book,” he said.


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