Is a baby Gods' blessing? Malindi woman dumps a baby on a snake infested septic tank

Malindi OCS Stephen Mwachia with the baby
Malindi OCS Stephen Mwachia with the baby. FILE


An unknown lady dropped her newborn child in a 15-feet deep snake-infested septic tank minutes after giving birth neglecting him in Mkaomoto area, Malindi sub-county.

A bystander who heard the newborn crying informed residents who came to retrieve the child by going down the septic tank using a ladder.

A video shared by residents exposed how the child was laid in an open box without clothes while crying after the good samaritan relieved him.

Two snakes had enclosed the child when he was rescued but luckily, they did not hurt him.

It is assumed that the mother deposited him soon after giving birth.

Hundreds of interested sightseers who had turned up to witness the rescue mission denounced the woman for dumping the child.

The man who got inside the septic tank wrapped the infant in a piece of fabric and safely rescued the baby who was still crying and handed him over to a group of women who were waiting outside.

"We will have to first go and wash her with warm water before he is taken to hospital," a woman was heard talking in the local Giriama language.

The child was later taken to Malindi sub-county hospital and medical personnel after an assessment found him in good condition.

Stakeholders at the Malindi Gender-Based Violence shared the video in their WhatsApp group where members denounced the act.

They later shared a photo of the baby being held by Malindi OCS Stephen Mwachia with a caption of thanking him for supporting after he bought diapers, milk and clothes.

Held Esliy a Gender-Based violence activist from Malindi said she got information that the residents had rescued the infant.

She rebuked the act and termed it inhuman and requested the security agencies to deal with the matter conclusively so that the perpetrator is brought to book.

"Police are looking for the mother of the child. As a mother I condemn the act, a child is an angel how does one do such an inhuman act to an innocent soul?" she posed.

Malindi police boss Joe Lekuta said he would give details of the incident after finishing with President Uhuru Kenyatta who is on a tour at Jilore in Malindi.

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