Baby Pendo’s skull was cracked – pathologist

Six-month-old baby Samantha Pendo died of severe head injury, a postmortem has revealed.

Her parents Lenzer Achieng and Joseph Abanja said they were asleep when police stormed their house and attacked them and their baby on Friday night last week.

The autopsy conducted yesterday at Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, showed Pendo had a cracked skull.

Government pathologist Dickson Mchana said the baby had been hit in the back of her head.

“The skull caved in and that is what actually kept the baby alive for sometime. She could have died immediately. Once the skull opens up it relieves pressure,” he said.

Mchana was assisted by the hospital’s resident pathologist Simon Onsogo.

Family spokesperson Amos Pambu, Aga Khan medical superintendent Sam Oula and IPOA team were present.

“Our task was to examine baby Pendo and document what caused her death. I have done my report together with my colleague Onsongo and given it to the investigating officer,” Mchana said.

It will be presented in court.

Pambu called for calm, saying the family will seek justice at the highest level.

He said the damage was grave as indicated in the doctor’s report. “It was sad to see what Pendo went through and we hope justice will be served to the family,” Pambu said.

Pendo succumbed to her injuries while undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, on Tuesday.

Pendo was in a coma for two days, following the attack on her family’s house in Kilo, Nyalenda estate.

Police in Kisumu, an opposition stronghold, are on the spot for allegedly breaking into houses and beating up residents on the pretext of quelling protests.

Protests erupted after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner of the General Election.

Kisumu leaders have demanded justice for the family and called for immediate arrest of the officers involved.

Led by Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o, MCAs-elect Joachim Oketch (Kondele), David Arao (Railways), Seth Ochieng (Market/Milimani) and Joseph (Nyalenda B), they condemned police brutality against residents.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority has launched investigations.

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