The Ekiti State Police Command is on the hunt for the mother of a newborn baby abandoned in the Moferere area of Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.

Residents of the area condemned the action of the baby’s mother, who wrapped her with nylon and dumped her in a bush, describing it as “wickedness and heartlessness on her part.”

A source in the area said the baby, who was without clothing, was draped in a polythene bag and dumped in a bush beside an uncompleted building.

The source, who said the baby must have been dropped by her mother immediately after delivery, said it took the eagle eyes of a passer-by to discover her and draw the attention of others to the discovery.

She said, “The baby, wrapped in a polythene bag, was discovered in a bush beside an uncompleted building by a passer-by. The residents of the area immediately took the baby to a nearby private hospital for medical attention.

“The management of the hospital has contacted the police and the state Ministry of Women Affairs about the incident.”

A member of staff of the hospital, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The baby is in good condition. She now has clothes courtesy of the residents of Moferere area, who have been donating clothes to her.”

Mr.  Sunday Abutu, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, who confirmed the incident, said the police were making efforts to identify the mother.

Abutu stated that “The attention of the police was drawn to the issue of the abandoned baby around 8 am on Tuesday. The baby must have been dumped in the place late on Monday,”

According to Abutu, a team led by the Divisional Police Officer in the area and officers of the state Ministry of Women Affairs rose to the occasion to make sure the baby is in safety.