The woman alleged to have stollen a twin baby from Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) has been detained for five days to enable police complete investigations.
Edinah Kemunto Mabuka was arrested on 20th February 2018 at Kongo in Kawangare area within Nairobi county with the stolen child.
In a sworn affidavit, the investigating officer said that he requires time to travel to Kisii County where the suspect was born and Bungoma County where she is married to conduct further investigations.
The police said more suspects are likely to be arrested as co-perpetrator of child stealing.
Further, police are still looking for potential witnesses who were patients at the hospital on 18th February and have since been discharged.
Police said the child was restituted to his parents, Job Ouko and mother Jane Kerubo who is currently admitted at KNH for heart ailments.
Ouko is alleged to have innocently handed his baby to a stranger to enable him push his wife to the ward.
He said after appearing on TV on Monday over the incidence, he received a call from a woman who did not want to be identified to go and confirm whether the baby with her neighbour was his.
The father went to Kawangware in the company of a friend and brother where they found Kemunto washing clothes and two women in her one roomed house feeding the baby.
The two who were said to be Kemunto’s sister were ‘shocked’ upon learning that the baby was not their sister’s.
The suspect has been contradicting herself since her arrest, from claiming that she as a victim of drugging and she later found herself at home with the baby to buying him at Sh 20,000 from another woman.
Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot directed the matter to be mentioned on 26th February.
In the meantime, Kemunto will be remanded at Kilimani police station.