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Farmer Recalls Day He Found Dead Infant

Farmer Recalls Day He Found Dead Infant
Bissun Deo points out the spot where he found the body of a half decomposed newborn baby at his farm in Nabitu Settlement in Kavanagasau in Sigatoka two weeks ago. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
June 06
11:00 2018

‘At first I thought it was dead duck, but when I moved closer I noticed the feet of a baby, so I counted its toes and that’s when I realised it was human’

Tears streamed down 74-year-old Bissun Deo’s face yesterday as he recalled the horrific discovery of a half decomposed new born baby on his farm in Na­bitu Settlement in Sigatoka last month.

It was around 4 o’clock on an afternoon when the father of seven was ploughing his farm just a few metres from his home when he stumbled on an object which he thought was a dead duck.

“That afternoon my farm was filled with a very filthy smell. It was really bad and I couldn’t stomach it. So I de­cided to spend just few minutes at the farm then return home,” Mr Deo said.

“So after few minutes I started wrapping things up at the farm when I spotted something near one of the vegetable plot. At first I thought it was dead duck, but when I moved closer I noticed the feet of a baby, so I counted its toes and that’s when I realised it was human.”

The father of seven has lived with his family at the Na­bitu Settlement for over 50 years and his main source of income has been vegetable farming.

“This is the first time ever that I’ve encountered a dead body. I was in shock and in tears too. How can someone do such inhumane act to their child?

“For hours I was in shock because it was the first time ever that anything like this has happened in our commu­nity.

“I saw a handsome newborn baby boy and there are cou­ples out there wishing to have children, but someone so heartless just did this to their child,” Mr Deo said.

The community consisted of 322 people who are mostly vegetable farmers.

People at the community also raised questions as to why there had been no response from the Police on the investi­gations.

In response, Police spokeswoman, Ana Naisoro said they were yet to identify the mother of the baby.

She also confirmed that the post mortem on the baby was completed.

“We continue to request for information that could assist us identify the mother.

“So it’s not a matter for the investigators not doing any­thing about the case; they have been working tirelessly in identifying the mother of the baby,” Ms Naisoro said.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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