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Newborn baby pulled alive from pit latrine where mum dumped him

A fuel station attendant has admitted in a Kapenguria court that she dumped her newborn baby in a pit latrine.

The one-day-old baby was pulled out alive from the pit latrine on Wednesday in Murkwijit village, Kapenguria constituency in West Pokot County.

Neighbours rescued the boy after they heard his cries at night.

Maria Chepterit is said to have given birth unassisted at around 2am on Wednesday and dumped the baby in the pit latrine afterward.

The boy was cleaned up by rescuers and taken to Kapenguria County Hospital.

On Thursday, Ms Chepterit was charged with concealing a birth contrary to Section 227 of the Penal Code.

She pleaded guilty before Resident Magistrate Phoebe Kulecho and asked for leniency.

The mother of four said she committed the act after quarrelling with her husband, who had claimed that he was not responsible for the pregnancy.

She will remain in custody awaiting sentencing.