Police officers in Muhoroni are holding a 48-year-old man who allegedly beat his 15-year-old daughter to death.
Another daughter, 14, is said to be nursing injuries following the Sunday evening incident at Keti Village in Nyang’oma, Kisumu County.
The suspect was reported to have summoned the two children after they allegedly spent a night away from the family without their father’s knowledge.
When they returned, the father accused them of having been with their boyfriends.
“The children defended themselves claiming that they had been at their aunt’s place, but the father would hear none of it,” said a witness.
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The father is said to have attacked them using blunt objects until one of the girls lost consciousness. Attempts to resuscitate her however failed.
On realising that the girl was dead, the father allegedly hid the body and dug a grave where he intended to bury the body without the knowledge of the other family members.
Deputy County Commissioner Erick Wanyonyi said law enforcers who got wind of the matter responded swiftly and arrested the suspect.
“By the time the police officers and the area chief got to his home, the suspect was in the process of burying the deceased daughter,” said Wanyonyi.
Police took the body to Ahero Sub County Hospital Mortuary and the suspect to Chemelil Police Station.
The deceased, a Standard Seven pupil at Nyalenya Primary School was said to have sustained serious injuries on the head and the abdomen.
Wanyonyi said the suspect is set to be arraigned as soon as investigation into the matter is complete.
“I ask parents to look for alternative ways of disciplining their children at these time children are home because of the shutdown of schools due to coronavirus,” said Wanyonyi.
The man is expected to face murder charges.