Abandoned infant survives overnight downpour

A nine day old infant abandoned on Wednesday night in Kamotony forest near Cheptogei trading center in Marakwet west sub county, survived heavy downpour, wild animals to be rescued next morning in stable condition.

The baby who was carefully wrapped with warm clothing and abandoned under a cyprus tree that could have protected it from the rains, was found at the edge of the forest by women who had gone to fetch firewood.

I set out to collect firewood in the morning and upon reaching the forest, I found the baby under the tree. I first thought it was a bundle of clothes but when I approached I found out that someone had abandoned the baby, said Salina Kimeli one of the women who found the baby.

She said it was a miracle that the baby was still breathing after spending the whole night in the rain. There was heavy down pour that night and the way the child survived was just a miracle, added Kimeli.

Kuserwo location Chief, Moses Kisang said his team together with the villagers were looking for the baby’s mother, as preliminary reports indicated that a 19 year old girl had in the previous evening been spotted at Cheptongei trading center carrying an infant.

The chief revealed that the young woman had left her bag in one of the shops and left with the child. We suspect that she must have abandoned the child at the forest since she never came back for the bag, he added.

He said the bags contents identified the mother as Caroline Chebichii 19, and the infant as Japhet Kibet, born at Chebiemit health center in Marakwet west.

The bag contained a clinic card, notification for registration of births and deaths and discharge papers from Chebyemit health centre, he said. The chief said the baby was rushed to Cheptongei health center and was in stable condition.

Area Children’s Officer, Peter Kutere said the mother’s family has been found and will be bonded. He however said once arrested, the mother will be charged with abandoning her responsibilities to the child. It seems she wanted the child to die in the cold, the officer said.

Source: Kenya News Agency