Family sources to Naana Blay, the 40 year-old woman who allegedly poisoned her own daughters to death at Essikado in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, is a university graduate and Chartered Accountant by profession.
The family members confirmed to DAILY GUIDE that Naana became mentally deranged after giving birth to her second daughter, Maame Affulba, aged 6, one of the deceased daughters.
According to the family members, the suspect was working with the National Commission on Culture (now Centre for National Culture) of the Western Regional Coordinating Council after her university education but had to quit because of the mental illness.
Emmanuel Andoh, elder brother to the suspect who spoke to news men at Essikado yesterday, mentioned that her sister was diagnosed with Schizophrenic disorder after she had given birth, according to the medical report from the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region.
After realizing that Naana Blay had become mentally deranged, the family members decided to pool their resources together to take care of her so that she could recover from the illness as quickly as possible.
Andoh indicated that the woman was getting medical attention at Essikado hospital after she had been transferred from Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in Cape Coast where she was diagnosed with the disease.
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He pointed out that the woman was responding to treatment and was even billed to go for a review on December 9, 2015 and therefore nothing showed that Naana Blay would hurt her daughters let alone, kill them.
He explained that because of Naana’s condition, the husband, who is a teacher in one of the senior high schools in Sekondi, had to leave the matrimonial home and find himself a different abode but later approached the family to take the children from the wife.
He was denied the opportunity and had to send the case to court for arbitration. The court did not grant him his wish because they felt the kids were too young and needed to be with their mother.
Meanwhile, the Chief Inspector Rock Hukportsi, Essikado Police Officer, said that the suspect would be put before court.
He added that during (court) proceedings, an identity card that confirms that she was on admission at the Ankaful hospital would be tendered in evidence and the police would wait for what the court would say.
Naana, a mentally unstable person, was alleged to have mixed a poisonous substance with some beverage, which was consumed by the two children Maame Affulba and Maame Serwaa aged 6 and 8 respectively.