Residents of Majengo area in Narok Town, today, woke up to a rude shock after they found a body of a day-old infant put in a carrier bag and dumped beside the road near Chief’s office.
The incident attracted hundreds of residents who crowded to witness the disposed lifeless toddler, an act that has now become common in the area.
David Mutua, a resident of Majengo area, condemned the incident, saying it is a curse to humanity as there are many families struggling to get children in vain.
“I was passing by and I found this child who was born, killed and dumped beside the road. I call upon women with such behavior to rethink their steps as it is an abuse to humanity,” lamented Mutua.
Ms Milka Chelangat also a resident, condemned the incident asking her fellow women who fall pregnant but cannot take care of their children to involve the Children’s Office so that the children can be raised in a decent manner.
“It would be better to tender the child and later give him to a woman who has no child instead of killing the child immediately after it is born. This is completely unacceptable before God and humanity,” said Ms Chelangat.
The body was later collected by police officers and taken to Narok County Referral Hospital morgue as investigations to nab the culprits commence.
Incidents of infants found dumped in dingy places are not new in the County, as the Children’s Office has rescued many infants who luckily survive such practice.
Late last year, the children’s office rescued a day-old baby boy who was born and left beside Ilaser Primary School gate in Melili Ward, Narok North Sub-county.
According to the area Children’s Officer, Pilot Khaemba, a good Samaritan who was on her way to fetch water heard the baby crying and upon going near, found the new born angel struggling for his life beside the road.
He said, the woman reported the matter to the local chief who together with the woman rushed the baby boy to Melili Dispensary where he was confirmed to be 2.5 Kilograms and in good health.
“The woman took the baby to her home where she nursed him and dressed him with warm clothes as the area is very cold before taking it to the Narok County Referral hospital,” said the Children’s Officer.
The baby boy was taken to Nest Children Home in Nairobi after undergoing the court process as the county lacks an orphanage home to raise children.
The official said that such incidences have been on the increase in the area, attributing the cases to hard economic times.
“Most of these culprits are girls who get pregnant unexpectedly as well as single mothers who view the infants as a hindrance to their daily hustles. We have always urged the locals that whenever one feels she cannot afford to raise the child, they should liaise with us for assistance,” said Khaemba.
By Ann Salaton