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Police in Kisumu hunt woman who aborted, fed foetus to dogs

By Kevine Omollo | June 6th 2016
Residents of Nyalenda slums in Kisumu view a foetus that had been mauled by dogs after being dumped by a woman being sought by police PHOTO: DENISH OCHIENG/ STANDARD

KISUMU: A woman who allegedly aborted and dumped a foetus in a dumpsite within Nyalenda slums on Saturday night is being sought by police.

Area Chief Otieno Abisai said he was working with police and area residents to trace the woman who is believed to have aborted and fed the foetus to dogs.

Area residents yesterday woke up to the shock of dogs tearing the foetus.

The residents suspected the culprit was a woman who had been chased away from her parents' house for being pregnant.

Justus Omondi, who was among the first people to at the scene, said the foetus was in a polythene bag when the dogs were spotted fighting over it.

He said children who were going to church saw what was in the polythene bag and screamed, prompting residents to snatch it from the dogs.

"This act is so discouraging and I think our girls must change. This is not the first time we have witnessed such an incident and I think the authorities need to take such a matter seriously," said Omondi.

Another resident, Jackline Akoth, said they suspected a young woman in the area might have been involved as she had been unhappy with her pregnancy after her parents kicked her out of their house.

"We cannot name her now but we believe the said girl could be the culprit. She had openly expressed her displeasure at the pregnancy and was thinking of aborting during the early stages of pregnancy," said Akoth.

She said the residents had tipped off the area chief, and were ready to apprehend and surrender the culprit to the police.

"There are so many family planning methods these days and someone should not get to this extent... carrying a baby for nine months then killing it when so many women are dying to get children," she added.

Chief Abisai yesterday said he had launched a search for the suspect, and would ensure she was handed over to the police for investigations.

"I cannot allow such an act to thrive in my area," he said.

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