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Nairobi court detains foster mother linked to minor’s murder

A foster mother suspected to have killed a 5-year-old orphaned boy will cool her heels in police custody over the festive season pending the conclusion of investigations into the matter.

Milimani law courts chief magistrate Ms Wendy Kagendo allowed the prosecutions’ request to have Susan Nasimiyu be detained further.

Nasimiyu who was arrested in Trans Nzoia county was produced in court on December 15, 2022 and the court allowed a request to have her placed in custody until December 23, 2022.

She was again produced before the court on the agreed date but the prosecution said police have not completed investigations.

The court heard police will travel to Trans Nzoia to visit the home of the deceased to record the medical history of the boy prior to his alleged murder.

But the foster mother, in her rejoinder, pleaded with the court to release her arguing she had a family to take care of.

“My children are exposed now as nobody is taking care of them. Free me to go back to nurture my children,” she pleaded with the court.

In her ruling the magistrate reduced the eight days sought by police to 5.

Ms Kagendo directed police to detain her for five days excluding the weekends and holidays.

Facts surrounding the case are that the woman brought her cousin, the victim aged 5 years, who was a orphan from their rural home at Trans Nzoia to live with him in Kiambu County after the demise of his parents.

She stayed with the juvenile for five months.

However, the lady stated that on December 8,2022 at around 7pm, when bathing the boy (now deceased) she detected injuries on his body.

She then decided to take him to Kiambu Level 5 hospital for medication where he was pronounced dead the following day.

According to the investigating officer, Nasimiyu , reported the death of the boy to Police where the DCI from Kiambu visited the hospital and established that the deceased child had multiple historical wounds pointing to the possibility of child abuse by the reportee.

Upon being questioned about the real names of the parents of the deceased child she declined.

Nevertheless, she claimed to be housing two more minors whose safety is not known.

The accused will remain in custody until January 5,2023

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