Cape Coast: Woman arrested for allegedly killing grandchild

A thirty-five-year-old woman has been arrested by the Cape Coast police for allegedly killing her three-week-old grandchild and burying her in a shallow grave.

The suspect, Grace Amoah also known as Esi Yeboada, said to be a petty trader was exposed by her 17-year-old daughter Joyce Amoah, a JHS two pupil who was the mother of the deceased.

Grace was said to have killed the baby, gone for a shovel from a neighbour and secretly buried the body behind a public toilet at an outskirt of Akotokyer, a suburb of Cape Coast.

Joyce Amoah told the police that her mother [Grace] started picking quarrels with her when she [Joyce] became pregnant. Her reason was that Joyce was still a pupil and was still in school.

When she was delivered of the baby,  her mother who was also nursing a baby asked her to give the grandchild to her for her to breastfeed her whilst she [Joyce] continued with her schooling.

In the early hours of Tuesday April 5, 2016 Joyce claimed she couldn’t find the whereabouts of the baby and asked her mum, whom she shares the same room with but she denied knowing the whereabouts of the baby.

The case was reported to the police and Grace was subsequently arrested.

After interrogation, she led the police to where the baby was buried and the body was exhumed. The body has since been deposited at the Cape Coast Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Ghanaian Times newspaper reported in its Friday edition that Grace was arraigned before the Cape Coast Magistrate Court on Wednesday and was remanded in police custody until April 21, 2016.

The newspaper reported that the prosecution told the court that Grace in her caution statement denied killing the grandchild but said she secretly buried the child after she discovered he was dead.

Below are photos of the exhumed body

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