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[VIDEO] Kisumu’s baby Samantha died from severe head injuries – post mortem

Baby Samantha Pendo from Kisumu died after suffering severe head injuries that left her with fractures, a post mortem has revealed.

The baby was one of many who died after police engaged demonstrators following the August 8 general election.

Parents of the six-month-old said she was asleep in her mother’s arms when she was teargassed and clubbed by police who invaded their home looking for protesters.

Residents in the Opposition stronghold started demonstrations after IEBC declared President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Raila Odinga. More protests took place in Kisumu and in parts including Nairobi and Homa Bay after Raila claimed the election was rigged.

The autopsy was carried out on Thursday by Aga Khan Hospital Medical superintendent Dr Sam Oula, pathologist Dr Simon Osongo and a team from the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

Also present were pathologist Dr Dickson Mchana and family spokesman Amos Pambu.

Pendo succumbed to her injuries while undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital Intensive Care Unit. She had been in a coma for two days following the attack at Kilo area in Nyalenda estate.

Police in Kisumu were accused of breaking into houses and beating up residents in the pretext of quelling protests.

IPOA will investigate whether police killed the baby and a young girl during the crackdown on demonstrations.

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