On June 21, a 26-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Rose Belle. However, when she was discharged the next day, she left the facility without her baby. Concerned, hospital staff alerted the Family Welfare & Protection Unit of the situation. On June 25, the mother was summoned by the services and presented herself with her 25-year-old husband.

During their interview with investigators, the couple stated that they could not take responsibility for the baby due to their drug addiction. The mother also revealed that she was HIV positive. The husband and wife agreed to the Child Development Unit taking charge of the baby. The CDU has already taken the necessary steps to place the child in a foster home. In addition, a Family Welfare & Protection Unit officer filed a complaint against the mother at the Curepipe police station last Thursday. The mother faces prosecution for child abandonment.

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