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Parents Arrested Over Son’s Murder

A couple was last Tuesday put under police custody for questioning after it emerged that the duo conspired to murder, and secretly disposed off the body of their four month old baby in a pit latrine.

Residents of Mwanyakwabara in Bogitaa location, Riana, Bonchari constituency in Kisii County were shocked after police retrieved the body from an abandoned pit latrine where the father of five and her wife had dumped the poor infant in a suspected ritual killing.

Preliminary investigations into the incident indicated that the couple travelled from Thika town with their deceased infant to their rural home in Kisii a fortnight ago for a night stay but left for Nairobi at crack of dawn under suspicious circumstances.

It was upon their return to their Thika residences that neighbours got suspicious after they returned without their infant baby whom upon enquiries they claimed to have left with their paternal grandparents in Kisii.

However inquisitive neighbours did not buy the story and made efforts through other relatives to confirm the insinuation especially due to the fact that the reason for leaving such a baby at such a tender age was not convincing.

Area chief Edward Moenda said who led a team of detectives to the homestead after the couple gave in to pressure and confessed over their barbaric action said the grandmother attested to seeing her daughter in law carrying a baby when they arrived at the village.

She reportedly raised the red flag after one of her daughter took up the matter and pinned the couple over the whereabouts of their baby after she confirmed that had lied to neighbors that their son was with his grandmother in a far flanked village.

Moenda said the officers from Gesonso with assistance from locals retrieved the body from an isolated latrine and removed it to Kisii level five hospital awaiting postmortem examination.

The couple was arrested immediately and an inquest into the death of the baby was opened.

By Chrispine Otieno and Jane Naitore

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