NYAHURURU, Kenya, Feb 11 – Police have found a week-and-a- half old baby boy stolen in Nyahururu Town on Thursday and arrested one suspect in connection with the theft.
Nyandarua North police boss Benjamin Onsongo said his officers were alerted by staff from the Charity Medical Hospital after a woman went to the facility claiming that she gave birth to the boy at that hospital.
The hospital authorities immediately alerted the police for intervention for investigation.
Onsongo said the police arrested the suspect and then called Dorcas Wanjiru who had reported to the station that her baby had been stolen.
The baby’s real mother was able to identify the child leading to the arrest of the suspect for further interrogation.
Onsongo said the suspect did not have any documents to prove that the baby was hers and that she had delivered at Charity Medical Hospital, but she had numerous other documents purported to have originated from Nyahururu District Hospital.
However the documents could not be authenticated since they did not bear any stamp from the hospital.
One of the documents indicated that an ultrasound scan had been done on her and she had not been found to be pregnant.
The suspect’s husband and sister-in-law were also called to the police station and denied any knowledge of seeing her pregnant.
The bay’s mother Dorcas Wanjiru narrated how they met with the suspect at Nyahururu District Hospital on Thursday and made friendship to a point that they went for lunch at one of the hotels in the town.
“While at the hotel I felt like I wanted to go for a short call and decided to leave the baby with her. As if to make sure that I stay longer, she gave me Sh20 to buy her a mango as I came back from the toilet,” she said.
Wanjiru said that she did not find the woman on return, and was told by other customers that she had said that she had gone to buy airtime for her mobile phone.
“The wait became endless. I went back to hospital and the hotel three times but I did not find her. That is how I reported the matter to the police and investigations commenced,” she said.
The suspect claimed that the baby was born on Thursday, the exact day she went missing.
The OCPD said that the suspect will be arraigned in court once investigations are complete.