A 28-year-old Homa Bay woman is being sought by the police after abandoning her newborn baby at St Paul’s Mission Hospital.
The woman reportedly left the hospital on Sunday, telling a security guard that she was going to collect some clothes outside, only to vanish without a trace.
The story unfolded on Friday when the woman gave birth near a petrol station along the Homa Bay-Kendu Bay road.
A good Samaritan found her and brought her to St Paul’s Mission Hospital to complete the delivery process.
The hospital’s Matron, Julia Wesonga, revealed that the woman was admitted in a critical condition, with her placenta yet to be detached.
Despite the challenges, the medical team at the hospital provided care for both the mother and the newborn.
The baby girl, who was stable after breastfeeding, spent a calm night in the hospital’s care.
Wesonga shared that the woman used deceit as her strategy to abandon the baby.
She lied to nurses about going to receive the baby’s layette from someone near the gate and later deceived the security guard, claiming she was picking up clothing from a location a few meters away. Subsequently, the woman boarded a motorbike and disappeared, leaving her child behind.
The hospital staff, patiently waiting for her return, eventually concluded that the baby had been abandoned.
Concerns arose as the woman had been evasive about her identity, providing minimal information for admission. The only details she shared were her name, Jecinter, and her village, Nyalkinyi.
The absence of a national identity card further complicated efforts to trace her.
The abandoned infant, fortunately, is in good health and has been placed in the custody of the hospital management for proper care.
Meanwhile, the Homa Bay County Police Commander, Samson Kinne, has assured the public that investigations are underway to locate and apprehend the woman.
He urged residents with information about her whereabouts to come forward, emphasizing that legal action would be taken once she is found.