Man, 27, Arrested With Baby Parts


A 27-year-old man has been arrested in Boniken, Karluway Statutory District, Maryland County, in possession of what is believed to be human parts extracted from the corpse of a deceased baby.

Suspect Francis Sonpon was apprehended by locals of the district on Sunday, September10, 2023, following a complaint from some residents of the area.

Sonpon’s arrest comes a day after the remains of the three-day-old child was reportedly buried in the town, the Liberia News Agency Correspondent in the area said.

 Samuel Hinneh, the Clan Chief of the area, said Suspect Sonpon was reported to Boniken General Town Chief, Sunday Sampson by some residents of the area who discovered that what he was selling was not bush meat.

“Since it was in the evening they brought him yesterday, Chief Sampson ordered the Community Watch Forum to guide the suspect until this morning before he called the police,” he narrated.

Though the leadership of the town has not been able to visit the baby’s grave due to the angry crowd, the Clan Chief told the Liberia News Agency that few family members of the deceased child have confirmed that the grave was tampered with.

Police said Suspect Sonpon has admitted to the allegation during a preliminary investigation and has since been charged with abuse of corpse.

A person is guilty of abuse of corpse if he intentionally and unlawfully disinters, digs up, removes, conceals, mutilates, or destroys a human corpse, or any part or the ashes thereof.

Sonpon, a resident of Boniken is currently incarcerated at the Pleebo Police Deport after he admitted to exhuming and cutting into pieces the corpse of the child. However, the police are yet to visit the scene to conduct an in-depth investigation to prove his narratives.

One resident said that he was on his cassava farm spraying the grass when he encountered the suspect who told him that he had bush meat for sale.

The incident which is believed to be first of its kind has left several residents in panic, describing the act as evil.

Source: LINA

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