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BY CORRESPONDENT,TAITA TAVETA,10TH MARCH 2018-Police in Voi, Taita Taveta County are holding a woman in custody for allegedly killing her infant in Dambi, Sagalla.The suspect identified as Esther Wanjala, 27, was accused of suffocating her one-week-old boy after a domestic dispute with her husband.Neighbors say the husband accused the wife of siring the baby with another man.He allegedly said he could not bring up another man’s child.
Neighbor who spoke to WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE on the condition of anonymity says the incident has left them shocked since the couple has lived together peacefully.“No one knows when she exactly committed the murder. Her mother in law demanded that she feeds the baby only to be brought a dead body,” she explains.
However reports indicates that the couple had previously separated but made amends recently and the woman returned to her matrimonial home.He said the husband later discovered that her estranged wife was pregnant.
“After the wife delivered last week the man said the baby was not his and told the woman to go back to her parent’s home with her newborn,” he said.
County police boss Fred Ochieng confirmed the incident saying that police had launched investigations into the incident.
He said the body of the infant was taken to Moi County Referral Hospital’s mortuary. He said the woman will be arraigned in court on Monday to answer charges of murder.
He urged couples to seek counselling from marriage councillors, family members, church and village elders instead of resorting to domestic violence.
“There will always be an amicable solution to their matrimonial differences should they go for advise,” he said.