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20 year old mother arrested for throwing her baby in a 80 foot pit latrine

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The police force in Kerugoya, Kirinyaga county, Kenya have arrested a 23 year old woman, after her baby was found in an 80 foot pit latrine.

The five-day-old 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.

She was arrested after showing up at the hospital, where she came to see the child, after the child had been rescued by the fire service officers.

The head of fire service in Kerugoya, Leah Kithei,  said the farm workers alerted their manager after hearing the crying baby, and officers from his department had to destroy the latrine in order to reach the baby.

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“We managed to retrieve the infant and quickly rushed him to the newborn unit at the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital where he is responding positively to treatment,” Kiama said.

Our office received a call from the owner of the farm that a baby was crying inside the pit latrine used by his workers. We immediately rushed to the scene, where we began to retrieve the baby.”

“We managed to retrieve the infant and quickly rushed him to the newborn unit at the Kerugoya County Referral Hospital where he is responding positively to treatment,” Kiama said.

 

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