Woman charged with infecting neighbour’s baby with HIV – PHOTOS
A 27-year-old woman has been charged in a Nakuru court with deliberately transmitting HIV to her neighbour’s nine-month-old baby.
Ms Susan Njeri, who appeared before Principal Magistrate Joe Omido, was accused of breastfeeding the infant when she knew that she was HIV positive.
According to the charge sheet, Ms Njeri knowingly and willfully breastfed the infant which she knew was likely to lead to the child acquiring the virus.
She is accused of committing the offence on September 18 at Gichobo area in Njoro sub County.
LEFT FOR WORK
According to the prosecution, the child’s mother had left the infant under the care of Ms Njeri who is her neighbour and she went to work.
However, the complainant was not aware that Ms Njeri was HIV positive and never thought that she might harm her child.
Ms Njeri is said to have taken the step when the baby started crying and efforts to calm it bore no fruits.
Ms Njeri was found by neighbours who knew her status. She was arrested and taken to Njoro Police Station.
However, she denied the charges. Ms Njeri was not given bond as the child is still under treatment.
The court directed that she be remanded in Njoro police station and be given medical attention due to her HIV status.
The case was slated for mention on October 2 for bond terms .