Woman accused of killing 4-months baby found in dump site detained for 10 days


The woman arrested for allegedly killing her four months old baby has been remanded for ten days to allow completion of investigations.

Trial Magistrate Benard Zakyo detained 28 year old Mercy Chepng’eno Ruto to allow postmortem and DNA tests to be conducted so as establish the cause of death.

It is alleged that the baby was found  lying dead inside a plastic bag at the dumping site area of meteorological headquarters staff quarters in Nairobi on 24th of October.

According to the police, the suspect left her rural home to Nairobi on 21st October where she was coming to secure employment at the staff quarters being employed by one Pascaline Chemaiyo.

The court heard that “if the suspect is released before the investigations are completed, there is likelihood she will interfere with them and compilation of evidence”.

The suspect is alleged to have confessed to strangling the child before  dumping the body at the  staff quarters of meteorological department.

The police allege that they are yet to retrieve Chapng’eno’s phone data, conduct the postmortem, do DNA sampling, mental assessment and record statement from witnesses.

“Since the body is of a child age around five months and nobody had come up to claim him, the DCI appealed to the public for anybody with the information through social media to share,” the investigating officer told court.

It is alleged that Chepng’eno  left home with her four month’s son, strangled him, put the body in her bag and travelled to Nairobi where she later dumped him.

The suspect was arrested at her rural home in Kuresoi Nakuru County and brought to Nairobi where the incident took place.

The child is also claimed to have been tortured.