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Police arrest woman who assaulted expectant friend killing unborn child

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By Phares Mutembei | October 24th 2020

 

Sarah Jamah, the woman who was assaulted by her colleagues recuperating at Maua Methodist Hospital. [Phares Mutembei, Standard]

Police in Maua town in Meru County have arrested a woman for allegedly assaulting an expectant woman, leading to the death of the unborn baby

County Police Commander John Mwinzi and Igembe South police boss Henry Akongo said the two women were involved in a heated argument that degenerated into a physical fight.

The suspect is reported to have rained blows on the expectant woman’s tummy who was almost due leading to injuries to the unborn child.

“The expectant woman was rushed to hospital but unfortunately the baby died in the womb. The foetus is in the mortuary. The attacker was arrested and will remain in police custody for 10 to allow the other one to get out of the hospital,” said Mwinzi.

Mwinzi said they were waiting for the doctor(s) report on the postmortem of the baby’s body, and there was a likelihood for police to prefer more charges.

“We might alter the charges, based on the postmortem report,” he said.

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Speaking to The Standard yesterday Akongo said as it stands, the only charge that had been drawn by the police against the suspect was grievous bodily harm.

Speaking to Standard Digital at her Maua Methodist Hospital bed, Sarah Jamah claimed she was working at her miraa business when the suspect and two others confronted her and started attacking her.

Pathologists Gitaka Macharia and Edwin Walong who examined the foetus at the hospital said it died as a result of injuries to its head, abdomen and brain.

Walong said the baby (male) died after suffering injuries as its mother was pummeled with blows on her belly.

“The baby in the womb can be injured when direct blows land on the stomach of the mother. There was a dislocation of the bay’s jaw, and injuries to its brain,” said Walong.

Macharia added: “There were multiple bruises on the body of the foetus.”

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