Mother arrested for killing and dumping child’s body at MET department

Mercy Chepngeno who allegedly killed and dumped son's body at the MET department dumpsite./COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: Police have arrested a mother who killed her one year old son and dumped his body at the Kenya Meteorological Department staff headquarters dumpsite.

Mercy Chepngeno was arrested on Saturday in Kuresoi following a tip off from the public.

The Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had on Wednesday, through their Twitter handle, sought help from the public for information on the identity of a male child who was found wrapped in a paper bag and dumped at the dumpsite within the Kenya Meteorological Department Staff Quarters.

According to the DCI, the 22 year old mother confessed to strangling the child and dumping the body at the Staff Quarters’ dumpsite where she had worked as a house help for a few days.

Mercy will be arraigned in court and charged with the offence of infanticide contrary to section 210 of the Penal code.

Section 210 of the Penal Code provides that “Where a woman by any willful act or by omission causes the death of a child being a child under the age of 12 months, but at the time of the act or omission the balance of her mind was disturbed by reason of her having fully recovered from the effect of giving birth to the child or by the reason of the effect of lactation consequent on the birth of the child, then, not withstanding that the circumstances were such that for the provisions of this section the offense would have amounted to murder, she shall be guilty of a felony, to wit, infanticide, and may for that offense be dealt with and punished as if she had been guilty of manslaughter of the child.”