Agony as body of child disappears at morgue

August 6, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, August 6 – A bereaved family was shocked on Tuesday morning when they found the body of their 10-month old baby missing at the City Mortuary.

The infant’s father, Isaiah Githaiga Wachira, and other family members who turned up to collect the body for burial could not get a satisfactory explanation from mortuary officials over the missing body.

The family members and friends arrived at the mortuary ready with a hearse to collect the body.

“The attendant kept telling us to wait until about 11 am when he finally told us that the body was missing. He did not offer an explanation,” Wachira said.

Records at the mortuary indicate that the body was taken there on July 27 and booked in under registration number 2042.

There were no records showing it had been released.

“Our records indicate that the body is with us but we are not able to locate it. We suspect it was substituted with another body but we are still searching for it,” a mortuary attendant explained.

A hearse hired to collect the body for burial at the Langata cemetery waited at the venue until 6 pm before leaving.

Wachira said a grave had already been dug at the Langata Cemetery.

“We are already at a loss because we hired the hearse and three more vehicles. We have had to pay for these vehicles and yet no service has been rendered to us,” the father said. “What are we going to do?”

Wachira told Capital News that they were shown six corpses of babies, but theirs was not among them.

“None of these belong to my baby. They are doing guess work, I suspect they released my baby’s body to someone else,” he averred.

On Wednesday, the family camped at the mortuary until about 7pm, when they were urged to check the following morning.

There was no immediate communication from authorities at the City Mortuary.


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