Mother of baby stuck with needles arrested
- Thika childrenâs officer, Ms Rebecca Kariuki, said they suspect the mother could be holding vital information that would reveal what happened.
- The officer confirmed that the childâs siblings aged 17, 12 and six had been taken from their home in Kiganjo and will also be staying at the childrenâs home.
- An X-ray showed 14 sewing needles lodged in the childâs backside and an operation to remove them conducted.
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Police on Monday arrested the mother of a 10-month-old baby who was admitted to Thika Level Five Hospital last month with 14 needles in her body.
Ms Jacinta Ndungâe, was arrested at the hospital, while the baby and her three siblings were taken to Macheo Childrenâs Home where they will stay until police conclude investigations into how the needles found their way into the babyâs buttocks.
Thika childrenâs officer, Ms Rebecca Kariuki, said they suspect the mother could be holding vital information that would reveal what happened.
âThe mother is the only one who can give information but she is not willing to open up. We shall book the child into a protection home to allow police to conduct investigations,â said Ms Kariuki.
The officer confirmed that the childâs siblings aged 17, 12 and six had been taken from their home in Kiganjo and will also be staying at the childrenâs home.
Thika Level Five medical superintendent Joseph Wanjohi, said the baby was admitted to the hospital with diarrhoea and vomiting.
It was during her stay that the discovery of needles in her body was made.
An X-ray showed 14 sewing needles lodged in the childâs backside a nd an operation to remove them conducted.
However, one needle was still lodged in her body as removing it risked harming her nerves and blood vessels.
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âThereâs no point in removing it. It cannot harm her. We shall, however continue monitoring her from the home,â said Dr Wanjohi.
The needles removed from the babyâs body were rusty, a probable indicator they were there for some time.
Ms Ndungâe insisted that she was innocent and had been taking care of the child alone at her Kiganjo home.
âI am innocent. The child is mine, can I do that to my own child? Did I just pick on this one to hate and not either of the other siblings? Itâs not fair that they want to arrest me but let them go ahead,â lamented Ms Ndungâe moments before she was arrested.
Her husband Mr Isaac Gichura said he was shocked to learn of the needles in the baby, but was against his wifeâs arrest.
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