The search for a Kenyan school headteacher accused of throwing a baby into the fire has been halted after the suspect surrendered to the police on Monday night.
Police said Paul Kipsang, 47, surrendered to the elders, who handed him over to the security officer after being on the run for two weeks.
Kipsang is being held in police custody, awaiting an arraignment.
The suspect is alleged to have committed the offense on April 25 in a village in Baringo County, Kenya’s Rift Valley, after engaging in a conflict with his wife over the baby’s paternity.
The wife told the police that her husband denied being the biological of the five-month infant. She was banished from her matrimonial home and was forced to seek refuge at an external kitchen where the incident transpired.
On the fateful day, the woman said she had gone for utensils to serve her husband food when she heard her baby crying.
“I rushed back into the kitchen, forced the door open only to find the baby in the fire. My husband was armed with a machete we watched the baby burn,” she was quoted by the Standard Media Group, the local media.
The mother took her baby to a local hospital, where an officer from the children’s department reported the matter to the police.