23-year-old mother arrested for allegedly dumping her newborn baby in 80-foot pit latrine

23-year-old mother arrested for allegedly dumping her newborn baby in 80-foot pit latrine



Police in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga county, Kenya have arrested a 23-year-old woman after her five-day-old baby was found dumped in an 80-foot pit latrine.



Kirinyaga county commander, Leah Kithei said the suspect was apprehended when she went to Kerugoya County Referral Hospital, where the infant is being treated after he was rescued by officers from the county fire services department.







"The medics who were attending to her son called the police after she showed up in the hospital. We are now in the process of interrogating her, after which we will present her in court," Kithei said on Friday, July 9, adding that the baby is in safe hands.








Head of fire services in Kerugoya subcounty John Kiama said the baby was dumped in a pit latrine used by tea and coffee farm casuals in one of the homesteads within Kathiti village in Kirinyaga Central subcounty.



He said farmworkers alerted their manager after they heard the baby crying.

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