Teenager arrested after throwing an infant in a school pit latrine

Police in Narok North are holding a 17 year old woman who threw a newborn into a school pit in Olopito area Saturday.

Confirming the incident, Narok North OCPD Mr. Philip Kipkurui Arap Korir said members of the public passing nearby heard a baby crying in the girls pit latrines at Senchura Secondary School and alerted the police.

The female infant unfortunately died as it was being retrieved from the toilet.

The body of the deceased is lying at Narok Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem and further investigations into the incident.

The juvenile suspect who was traced and arrested in the neighbouring Olopito village will be arraigned in the court to answer charges of infanticide.

It is not known why this young girl decided to throw the baby into the latrine to die but women have been known to commit this offense for many socio-economic and psychological reasons such as rejection by family or the spouse.

Kenyan criminal law defines infanticide as systematic and deliberate killing of children below 12 months.

According to Section 214 of the Penal Code, this offense of throwing away the newborn baby to conceal birth could attract as serious a jail term as life sentence or even death penalty depending on whether it is treated as murder or manslaughter.

A 2015 Police Crime Report shows that reported offences of procuring abortions rose by 34 per cent in the country, but there was a four per cent decline in the number of women who concealed birth.

Nakuru County recorded the highest number of offences against morality such as abortion, infanticide, defilement, incest and bestiality among others with 419 cases being reported.

It was followed by Bungoma which had 373 cases while Kilifi, Kiambu, Nairobi, Kakamega and Mombasa also recorded high numbers of morality offences.

Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Samburu and Marsabit had the lowest numbers of morality cases.

Source: Kenya News Agency