The Assin-Praso Police in the Assin North District of the Central Region are intensifying efforts to locate a teen father accused of poisoning his ten-day-old baby boy with weedicide.
The incident has shocked the community, leading to a search for the suspect, who is still at large.
As of Sunday, October 22, the baby was alive and responding to treatment at the Presbyterian Hospital in Assin-Praso.
The incident unfolded when the mother, Ms. Esther Baah, 16, revealed that they had both considered killing the baby after their attempts to abort the pregnancy were unsuccessful.
The mother stated that the baby had become a burden, making it difficult for them to pursue their academic aspirations.
However, after delivery, she had a change of heart and decided against the “devilish intention.”
Tragically, the baby's father, Godfred Nelson, also known as Paa Akwasi, a 19-year-old Senior High School (SHS) three student, unknowingly held onto the plan to end the baby's life with weedicide. Ms. Baah reported the situation to the police, and they are currently searching for the suspect.
Upon discovering the baby in distress, the victim's grandfather, Mr. Kwaku Arkoh, took swift action and rushed the child to the hospital. Medical examination confirmed that the baby had been poisoned.
Nelson's mother, Afia Tawiah, expressed her dismay at her son's actions and called for his immediate arrest, demanding that he face the full consequences of the law.
She emphasized that she had taken on all responsibilities for the child and was shocked by her son's alleged attempt to harm the innocent baby.
The police are actively pursuing the case, and the community is left in shock and disbelief at the circumstances surrounding the incident.