Baby girl allegedly abducted at Stabroek Market
- female vendor detained
Police were last night questioning a female market vendor in connection with the suspected abduction of a baby girl.
Relatives of the child alleged that the eight-month-old, known as Cherry-Ann, was abducted yesterday afternoon in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market by a female friend of the vendor who is in custody.
Reports indicate that the woman’s friend made off with the baby while the mother had left the child in the vendor’s care.
Kaieteur News understands that the baby’s 20-year-old mother is mentally challenged but sells plastic bags in an area of the Stabroek Market known as the ‘fish pond’.
Several female vendors told Kaieteur News that they act as surrogate mothers for the baby girl, regularly taking turns to keep the child in their stalls as they ply their trade.
They alleged that at around 17:00 hrs yesterday, the baby’s mother came to them crying, while explaining that her baby was missing.
According to the vendors, the young mother alleged that she was with her baby in the Stabroek Market when another vendor, whom she identified, gave her money to buy pampers and a bottle of fruit juice.
The mother reportedly left the baby with the vendor and went to make the purchase.
When she returned, the baby was gone.
The vendors claimed that when they confronted the woman, she alleged that a female friend, who frequently buys from her, had taken the baby for a brief holiday and would bring the child back next Monday.
The mother’s friends contacted the police who arrested the vendor.
At press time, detectives at the Brickdam Police Station were still questioning her, while several angry vendors and relatives of the baby’s mother gathered outside.
They said that the mother is traumatised by the ordeal.
Relatives of the detained woman were also present but declined to speak to this newspaper.
Friends of the baby’s mother claimed that she had told them that the alleged abductor had constantly asked to keep the child.
The suspect had reportedly claimed that the mentally challenged woman was unable to take care of the baby.