A woman yesterday stabbed her four-month-old baby girl to death in Gilgil.
The woman, who was said to have suffered from depression since giving birth, was said to have attempted to kill herself after stabbing the baby five times.
She is admitted to St Mary’s Mission Hospital. Her condition has been described as serious but stable. She is under police guard.
Police said they were investigating the incident that occurred at Teachers Estate.
A neighbour, Samson Wahome, said the woman has been suffering from depression and that a relative has been taking care of her and the baby.
Taken to hospital
“The relative had just stepped out of the house when the housewife turned on the baby, stabbing her five times.
“The relative started screaming when she returned and realised what had happened, attracting the attention of neighbours. That is when the woman tried to take her own life as well. She was rescued,” Wahome said.
The was said to have been bleeding from the hand and chest.
Gilgil OCPD Sarah Koki said the birth might have affected the woman psychologically.
She added that police would wait for her to recover, then charge her in court.
“Some women suffer depression after giving birth and this could be one such case, but we will not make any conclusions until after the investigations are completed,” she said.
A fortnight ago, a casual labourer in the same town killed his wife, who was eight months pregnant, allegedly because he was ordered to do so by ‘spirits’.
Separately, several people narrowly escaped death when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a woman before landing in a ditch along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
The woman was crossing the road. She died on the spot. [Anthony Gitonga]