A woman accused of stealing a child at KNH to remain in custody for five day

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,21ST FEB 2018-A woman accused of stealing a three-week old twin baby boy  at KNH  last Sunday will remain in police custody for five days.The suspect   Edna Kerubo will be held at Kilimani Police Station upon police  request until   investigations are  completed.

The suspect was arraigned in court on Wednesday  with police through officer  Emmanuel Kiptoo saying that the  nature of the offence  required more time for officers to complete investigations.”

He further said they were looking for witnesses, possibly patients who were at the facility on February 18 but have since been discharged.

He added that preliminary investigations revealed a child stealing syndicate and that the probe will extend to Kisii and Bungoma counties.

During investigation Police will travel to Kisii where Kerubo was born and Bungoma where she was married.

The policeman also noted the baby and the suspect must undergo medical examinations that will require the extraction of DNA samples.

Kerubo had opposed the application saying she was not part of a syndicate and that she had intended to return the child before being arrested.

She pleaded for her release while covering herself, to present journalists from taking photographs of her face.

Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot noted her right to bail but said children must be protected, especially with reports of a syndicate.

The baby was stolen from Kenyatta National Hospital on Sunday night.

The suspect pretended to be a patient who agreed to help a father hold one his twins before disappearing minutes later.

Kerubo’s neighbour in Kongo area, Kawangware, is said to have called police after seeing arrive with the baby yet she lost her unborn child months ago.The suspect was taken to Muthangari and later to Kilimani.

 

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