25 March 2019

Kenya: Suicide or Freak Accident? the Puzzling Death of 8-Year-Old Boy

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There are conflicting reports on how a class two pupil was found dead with a rope tied around his neck in Ikonyero village, Lurambi Constituency, Kakamega County.

On Sunday, the body of the 8-year-old boy was found dangling from the roof of their outdoor bathroom by children who were playing near the bathroom.

According to the boy's mother, she was alerted by one of her children that her son had hanged himself.

"Mimi niliitwa na mdogo yake akanieleza ya kwamba Frank ameanguka na tumekata kamba," the mother explained.

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But according to the boy's father, Fredrick Okoti, his son died when a rope he was playing with slipped around his neck and strangled him.

The father claims that his son had tied the rope on a piece of wood in a temporary structure used by the family as a bathroom and was trying to swing back and forth when tragedy struck.

The body of the minor was taken to Kakamega County Teaching and Referral mortuary pending a postmortem examination.

The police have already started investigating the circumstances surrounding the boy's death.

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