A woman who abducted a baby during a church service at Redeemed Christian Church of God, Celebration Parish, Asaba, the Delta State capital has returned the baby after about 10 days of keeping the baby in her custody.

The woman, who didn’t disclose her identity, returned the child at about 8pm on Friday with a note seeking forgiveness and giving details on what led her to commit the act.

The letter reads:

“Please, you people should forgive me. I did not mean any harm. I am a childless woman, a pastor of a church directed me to steal a child and keep it for 14 days and that at the end of the last day, I will be able to get pregnant and give birth to children of my own.

”So I acted on the instruction the very pastor gave to me and again you can see that the child is healthy, because I took care of him. I am troubled I could not keep the child as I also learnt that the pastor of the church where the child was stolen and the entire church have placed a curse on me.

”I am using the opportunity to beg God, the church and the parents of the boy to forgive and reverse the curse placed on me and also pray for me so that I can have children of my own.”

One of the church workers who confirmed the incident but pleaded for anonymity told our correspondent that members of the church had kept night vigils of prayer at the parish since the abduction, praying for the child’s safe return.

He said the prayer was answered last Friday when the abductor surreptitiously dumped the baby near the church.

Sources refused to give the identities of child’s parents claiming they were shying away from publicity so as not to generate unnecessary attention to the little tot, and first ascertain its medical state.

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