Police in Kirinyaga is holding a woman who gave birth and dumped her child in a pit latrine.
The lady, (name withheld) was arrested on Saturday and locked up at Wangu’ru Police Station for interrogation.
Mwea East Police Commander John Onditi confirmed the incident saying the suspect had been apprehended and awaiting trial once the investigations are completed.
According to residents, the woman gave birth secretly at night in a rented house in Ngurubani town before throwing the infant into the latrine and returned to the house
Moments later, a neighbour who had visited the toilet heard the baby crying and raised the alarm, attracting other residents who reported the matter to the police.
The officers rushed to the scene and with the assistance of the county rescue team, managed to retrieve the body of the baby and took it to the mortuary.
“When police arrived, they found the baby already dead and immediately arrested the suspect and took her away to the station,” said Mr. Antony Chomba, a village elder.
The residents described the woman as coming from a rich family and they could not understand why she decided to dump her child.
“We were shocked when we heard that the woman who had no financial challenges had snuffed out the life of her baby. The police should carry out thorough investigations and have the woman punished according to the rule of law,” a resident, Ms. Rose Wanjiku, indicated.
A county employee, Mr. John Kiama, said the latrine was so deep that the child could not have survived.
The incident came just days after Police rescued a baby boy who had been dumped in a pit latrine in Kimunye village in Kirinyaga County. According to police reports, the baby was thrown into the pit soon after birth.