Newborn baby rescued from pit latrine in Nakuru

Mother Kelvin Hospital where the baby is being attended to in Kaptembwo, Nakuru West. [Standard]
Police in Nakuru Town West are investigating an incident in which a newborn baby was found dumped in a pit latrine.

Speaking to The Standard, Nakuru West Sub County Police Commander Patrick Olonyi said that the baby was rescued alive.

"We were alerted by residents of a baby dumped in a pit latrine in Kasisi area. He was retrieved alive and taken to Mother Kelvin Hospital for medical attention," said Olonyi.

He said the baby appeared to have been delivered at a local hospital before being dumped in the latrine.

"The baby is a boy, but had a girl's tag on him. The tag indicates he was born in hospital which we are trying to find out," said Olonyi.

The sub county commander said that they were yet to establish the identity of the woman and circumstances under which the baby left the hospital.

Doctors at the facility said they immediately put the baby under medical treatment because he lacked oxygen on arrival.

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Locals have cautioned women against throwing away babies, adding that it not the first time a baby has been dumped in the area.

“That is murder, it is so bad to throw away a baby after successfully giving birth,” said a witness.

Cases of baby dumping have been on the rise in the past few months with major towns most affected.

In Nairobi, Governor Mike Sonko recently directed police to move swiftly and investigate mysterious instances of dead bodies being retrieved from Nairobi River.

“These are some of the challenges my people have been encountering while conducting the cleaning exercise.  I have called the police from the neighborhood and they are assisting my people to remove the bodies from the river,” Sonko said.

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