A day old infant survived the jaws of death narrowly after his form two mother buried him alive.
The baby was however rescued and spared the hideous plans of its 20 year old mother at a village in Homa-bay County.
It is all thanks Lea Akinyi, a community health volunteer who visited the student’s home to seek information on well being of the baby.
The student is said to have told the social worker that the infant died and had already been buried prompting a search.
Area Assistant Chief Dickson Samba, said the student dug a shallow hole, placed the infant inside a carton box and buried it behind her mother’s house. However, some of the women who were at the scene realized it was wrong to bury the infant behind his grandmother’s house in accordance with Luo cultural beliefs.
“The family members and a few neighbors who had gone to the home decided to exhume the body so that the boy is buried in the right place,” said Samba. When the body was exhumed, Akinyi decided to open the box to view it and discovered the infant was alive.
“They realized that the infant was still alive and that was when the burial arrangements flopped. Akinyi took the infant to take care of him and the baby is in stable health,” added Samba.
Samba said the baby’s mother wanted to kill the baby due to stigma she was subjected to from family members and friends. This was her third child after giving birth to two children while still in school. He said the student could not be arrested because her health was unstable.
(Story Courtesy of the Standard)
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