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Mother fined Sh100, 000 for neglecting her newborn child

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By By Antony Gitonga | August 7th 2013

By Antony Gitonga                       

Naivasha, Kenya: A mother who went on a drinking spree leaving behind her newly born baby alone has been fined Sh100,000 by a Naivasha court.

The flower farm worker was left tongue-tied and in tears as she was escorted to prison to serve a three-month jail term after she failed to raise the amount.

Lucy Wanjiru appeared before Naivasha Resident Magistrate Elector Riany and was charged that between July 18 and August 5, this year at Karagita estate, she neglected her parental responsibility to her two-month-old daughter.

The prosecution told the court that the accused left the infant in her house alone and that it was after she cried for several hours that neighbors decided to find out what the problem was only to realise that she was alone.

They alerted her sister who came and picked the baby.

When the accused failed to return, her sister reported the matter to Karagita police post stating that she had disappeared.

The court was further told that Wanjiru was later arrested after she was found drunk at Karagita shopping centre and taken to court.

The magistrate said that it was reckless for the accused to abdicate her parental responsibility by exposing her baby to danger and without basic needs.

In mitigation, Wanjiru who had pleaded guilty to the charges, prayed for forgiveness saying that she had another child aged 7 years.

The magistrate said that she had considered the fact that the accused was a first offender and that she had no previous record hence the judgment.

The magistrate also directed Children’s Officer Francis Njagi to visit the children and report back to the court on their status.

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