The woman held in connection with the robbery of a new born from the Colombo South Hospital on December 18, had promised a bribe of Rs. 20,000 to two minor employees of the hospital to help her, police investigations have revealed.
In the suspect`s statement to the police she had said a minor employee of the hospital had agreed to give her an infant of a mother who had died at childbirth or to help her to rob an infant from a maternity ward of the hospital. The two employees had also taken an advance of Rs. 500.
Kohuwala police said the employee had asked the suspect to come to the hospital dressed like a pregnant woman and she had paid 50 rupees to another woman employee to get a baby bag from one of the wards to place the robbed child in before she took it out.
The two suspect hospital employees were arrested by the Kohuwala police and remanded by the Colombo South Magistrate. Investigations are now focused on whether these hospital employees had previously committed the same offence. The husband of the chief suspect has gone missing after the affair but it would be possible to arrest him too in the next few days, police said.