Truth they say is stranger than fiction. A village in Tharaka-Nithi County is reeling in shock after reports that a man defiled his toddler to death.
Police are holding Derick Muchiri from Magutuni village in Maara Sub County for allegedly sodomizing his one and half-year-old son to death.
Addressing journalists in her office in Chuka town on Wednesday, Tharaka-Nithi County Commissioner Beverly Opwora said the boy; Lean Murerwa was confirmed dead on arrival at the Magutuni Sub-County hospital where the mother and her 25-year-old husband had rushed him on Monday.
She said upon investigations, the medics discovered that the boy had serious injuries on the anus.
“The hospital called the police after noticing the injuries on the child and upon interrogation, the officers suspected the father to be the main culprit,” said Ms Opwora.
She said the father, a known suspected drug addict, was helping police with investigations and that he would be arraigned in court soon.
Ms Opwora said incidences of defilement and other forms of child abuse were on the rise in the region and blamed drug abuse and illicit brew consumption.
She said most of the barbaric crimes were being committed by family members of people who are well known to the children who should be their custodians.
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