8 November 2012

Kenya: Woman Admits Dumping Baby's Body

A 24-year-old woman in Thika has admitted a charge of disposing a dead infant to conceal a birth. Nelly Vindoro committed the offence at Witeithie Estate in Thika on August 20.

Prosecutor Chief Inspector Richard Cheruiyot told resident magistrate Wesley Cheruiyot that the infant's body was found by members of the public in a pit latrine where Vindoro had dumped it.

Cheruiyot said the police officers, who were alerted by members of the public, retrieved the body and later arrested Vindoro after investigations.

Neighbours said Vindoro, who had been pregnant, was arrested after returning home from hospital where she had gone for treatment of undisclosed sickness.

The accused, who led the police to her house where they found blood stains, was taken for medical check up before being charged. The case will be mentioned Thursday when her probation report is expected. In her mitigation, Vindoro pleaded for leniency saying she was jobless.

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