Stepfather from hell: Inside the murder plot of man who killed week-old-baby
Police in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, launched a manhunt for man who allegedly killed his week-old stepson.
In a statement, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that the man, identified as Mr Daniel Kipchumba killed his son before escaping into the darkness.
The incident left the estranged wife of Mr Kipchumba identified as Ms Grace Atwoli, and villagers within Tarus Village in Uasin Gishu County in mourning.
DCI sleuths investigating the matter say that Ms Atwoli told them that her husband tricked her into thinking that he was unwell in the wee hours of Monday morning, and when she went to seek help, he went ahead and murdered the child.
The couple has been together for 12 years but separated in 2019 before finally agreeing to live together, but the lady had already gotten pregnant.
“This appeared to have irked Kipchumba, who had since married another woman during the first wife’s absence and moved in with her in his mother’s compound.
But unknown to Grace, Kipchumba had hatched a plot to take away the life of her little bundle of joy,” the statement by DCI read in part.
It has emerged that the man lied to Ms Atwoli and his second wife while he remained back in the house, where he went ahead and ended the baby’s life.
When the two wives arrived home, accompanied by the suspect’s mother, they found him missing.
“Instead, the three stumbled on the lifeless body of the week-old baby lying on a mattress with visible marks on the neck and blood oozing from the nose and mouth. The baby’s head also appeared to have been hit with a blunt object,” the statement further read.
Police officers and detectives were called and rushed to the scene, which they processed before taking the minor’s body to Kimbilio Nursing Home Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy.
Public members were also asked to report in case they knew the suspect’s whereabouts so that he is arrested and arraigned in court.