By Jamillah Oluka
Rukungiri district was rattled by a distressing incident at Kalori Lwanga Hospital Nyakibale in southern division Rukungiri municipality, as a one-week-old baby was reportedly snatched from its mother’s side. The accused, Jackline Natukunda, 23, hailing from Kyamakanda parish in Buyanja sub-county in Rukungiri District, stands in police custody as investigations unfold.
Mercy Turyahebwa, the distraught mother, recounted the harrowing moment when she briefly stepped away from her newborn’s ward only to return and find Natukunda, a stranger to her, cradling her child. Witnesses Juliet Kyomuhendo and Betty Kyotuhirwa corroborated Turyahebwa’s account, describing the suspect’s suspicious movements before the alarm was raised, prompting swift action.
Hospital administrator Andrew Okoch shed light on the attempted abduction, cautioning mothers to be vigilant and urging them to seek assistance before leaving their infants unattended. “Mothers should inform their companions before stepping away from their babies,” Okoch emphasized, highlighting the importance of communal awareness in safeguarding newborns.
SSP Musa Tibakirana, the Rukungiri district police commander, refrained from divulging extensive details, citing ongoing investigations. Tibakirana indicated a possibility of mental instability in Natukunda, echoing statements from the suspect’s parents that suggest potential mental health concerns.
As authorities delve deeper into this alarming incident, the community remains vigilant, emphasizing the need for enhanced security measures to protect vulnerable newborns within healthcare facilities.
Please note: This article is based on preliminary information and ongoing investigations. Further updates will be provided as the situation develops.