Newborn baby pulled alive from latrine

A fuel station attendant admitted before a court in Kapenguria that she dumped her newborn baby in a latrine.

The one-day-old baby was pulled out alive from the latrine on Wednesday in Murkwijit village, Kapenguria constituency in West Pokot.

The baby’s cries at night attracted neighbours, who managed to rescue the child.

Ms Maria Chepterit is said to given birth unassisted around 2 am on Wednesday and dumped the baby in the latrine.

MOTHER Newborn baby pulled alive from latrine

Ms Maria Chepterit at the Kapenguria law courts on June 29, 2017 where she was charged with concealing birth after dumping her newborn baby in a pit latrine. PHOTO | OSCAR KAKAI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The baby boy was cleaned up by neighbours and taken to Kapenguria County Hospital for treatment.

On Thursday, Ms Chepterit was charged with concealing a birth contrary to Section 227 of the Penal Code.

Ms Chepterit pleaded guilty before the Resident Magistrate Phoebe Kulecho and asked for forgiveness.

The mother of four said she committed the act after quarrelling with her husband, who claimed that he was not responsible for the pregnancy.

She will remain in custody awaiting sentencing.


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