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Body of infant allegedly killed by mother retrieved from pit latrine


The body of an infant that had
disappeared mysteriously on July 5, in Gîchûgû Constituency has been found and
retrieved from a pit latrine belonging to ACK Kîandaî Church, Kirinyaga County.

Confirming the incident, Kirinyaga
East Subcounty Police Commander Antony Mbogo said that it took the Kirinyaga
county Fire Brigade more than five hours to retrieve the body from the 60 feet
deep pit.

The remains of the infant are now
lying at the Kerugoya Level 4 hospital mortuary.

The mother of the infant, who is
suspected to have killed it and dumped it into the pit latrine, has been
arrested and is set to be arraigned at the Gîchûgû law courts on Tuesday.

“We requested the court for a one
week period to conduct investigations on the matter. We completed the
investigations but we still needed to retrieve the infant’s body first before
taking her to court, ” he said adding that it is the suspect who
eventually revealed where she had dumped her baby.

The police have also launched a
manhunt for an accomplice in the heinous act, who is believed to be closely
related to the suspect.

Jenifer Wanjiru, reportedly dumped
her newborn baby at the Church’s compound earlier this month after delivering.

She had sneaked out of Kiranyaga
Subcounty Hospital with the baby and boarded a motorcycle to Kîandaî Village
where she had been residing.

When areas residents learnt about
the missing infant, they confronted her but she reportedly lied about the child
in a bid to cover up the crime.

“She first said that she has
killed and drowned the baby. We searched all over but we didn’t find
anything,” a resident said

The Police boss also said that she had applied the same tactic for a cover-up.

“As we interrogated her, she said that she had sold the baby to a certain woman in Juja, Kiambu County. We travelled there and after our investigations, we found out that she had lied to us,” Mbogo said

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