Police officers in Uasin Gishu have exhumed a body of a three-year-old girl who was allegedly killed by her parents in Ol’lenguse village in Burnt Forest for being mentally challenged.
This happened following a court order that demanded the exhumation of the body.
The parents are then said to have buried her in a shallow grave at nearby Sengalo forest.
Timothy Mbuli Lihanda, 27, and Charity Jeruto, 21, were arrested by detectives after the minor went missing and their neighbors who got suspicious of the girl’s whereabouts raised alarm.
Kapseret DCIO Stephen Munga who confirmed the incident said that the parents were at first reluctant to provide information about the missing girl.
“Our officers were informed about the incident by the area chief Samuel Bitok that they suspected a mentally challenged child had been killed by her parents.
The parents were unable to explain her whereabouts,” said Munga.
He said efforts by the chief and members of Nyumba Kumi did not bear fruit as the parents refused to open up.
He said that after further interrogations, the couple directed the police who were accompanied by the chief to an area within Sengalo forest where the girl was buried.
“We finally spotted a grave in the forest and have secured the area after the court ordered for exhumation and the postmortem done the same day to ascertain the cause of the death,” he added.
The DCIO however, warned parents against discriminating against children who are disable saying it is against the law and traditions.
“I want to urge parents who in one way or the other gave birth to disable children not to frustrate or kill then since you never know what that child will be in future since disability is not inability,” he said.
He noted that anyone who will be found frustrating disabled children will face the full force of the law.
The couple is being held at Langas police station awaiting arraignment in court facing murder charges.
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