How Nairobi woman stole and sold her nanny’s one-year-old baby
A woman suspected of stealing and selling her nanny’s one-year-old baby is facing human trafficking charges alongside a couple who were allegedly found with the baby.
Veronica Nyaboke has been charged alongside Grace Kemunto and her husband Robert Ombati and they are facing charges of conspiracy to commit a felony – trafficking a person jointly.
The three are accused of committing the offence in Kayole in Nairobi on August 20 jointly with a suspect who is still at large. They are also facing a charge of trafficking in a person contrary to section 4(1) (b) as read with section 4 (3) of the counter trafficking in persons Act of 2010.
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The couple was found with the child in their home in Tassia estate in Embakasi, Nairobi County after the matter was reported at Kayole Police Station.
The baby’s mother delivered the child at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital in Kayole on August 20 before proceeding to her employer – Nyaboke’s house where the baby was allegedly stolen, after she was discharged the same day.
The woman slept beside her child at Nyaboke’s house where she worked as a house help, and woke up to find the child missing. Upon asking, she was informed by her employer that the child had been taken to Keroka in Kisii County for some rituals.
The child’s mother waited for a week to reunite with the child with no avail. She later travelled to Kisii to look for her baby but her efforts proved futile.
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She returned to Nairobi and reported the matter at Kayole Police Station and police visited Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital to ascertain that she had delivered at the facility.
The investigations led police to the couple’s house where Kemunto was arrested. The baby was also rescued and Ombati, who was found in the house, was also arrested.
The trio denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Eric Mutunga of the Makadara Law Courts. They were released on a bond of Sh3 million without an option of a cash bail. The case will be mentioned on October 4, 2022 before hearing starts on January 26, 2023.
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