Detectives based at Turbo in Uasin-Gishu County, Kenya's Rift Valley, have launched a manhunt for a suspect who murdered his one-week-old stepson before escaping into the darkness.
In the shocking incident that many people surprised, the suspect, identified as Daniel Kipchumba, is suspected of having killed the infant after tricking his wife into going outside the house and calling for help after feigning sickness.
Kipchumba reunited with his wife of 12 years Grace Atwoli in December last year after they separated in 2019, though she was heavily pregnant for another man.
This irked Kipchumba, who had since married another woman during the first wife's absence and moved in with her in his mother's compound.
But unknown to Grace, Kipchumba had hatched a plot to take away her child's life.
"Early this morning at around 4am, the suspect lied to his wife that he was feeling quite unwell and asked her to call his mother and his second wife to assist him to hospital," said the police.
But when she returned accompanied by her stepmother and co-wife, Kipchumba was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the three stumbled on the lifeless body of the week-old baby lying on a mattress with visible marks on the neck and blood oozing from the nose and mouth. The baby's head also appeared to have been hit with a blunt object.
The scene was processed and documented by crime scene personnel, and the body was moved to the morgue awaiting autopsy.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.