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Body of child found dumped, mutilated

27 May 2014, 09:05 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - A mutilated body of a 5-year-old child was Monday morning found dumped by the roadside at Iduku village, Wamuluma location in Vihiga County.

The boy disappeared on Sunday afternoon after taking lunch only for the body to be found dumped near their homestead on Monday morning.

"I thought that he was playing with his fellow children, but when it reached 7pm and he was nowhere to be seen, I started searching for him in my neighbours' compounds but he could note be found," the child's grandmother, Pamella Kavulani said.

The child stays with the grandmother and his mother works in Kakamega town.

Kavulani further said that she went and reported the matter to the area chief on Sunday at 8pm, and Monday morning at around 6:30am, a neighbour woke her up saying that she had seen a body of a child dumped by the roadside.

"When we rushed to the scene, we found that the body of the child was lying prostrate on the ground. It was an utter shock to all of us because we did not expect anything of the sort," she said.

She said that it was even more shocking when the police arrived at the scene and turned the body, only to reveal wounds that indicated that some of the child's body parts were missing.

Confirming the incident, Wamuluma chief Herman Kibunjia said that the body of the child had some missing parts.

"From the way the body looked like, it seems that there were some entrails that had been removed," said Kibunjia.

The boy was a nursery school pupil at Mbihi Nursery school, before his untimely death.

Cases of young children disappearing and their bodies being found dumped and mutilated have been on the rise in the region in the recent past.  

Recently, the body of a child was found in Majengo town with missing parts, and a few days later, another child was found at Chavugami with the body mutilated.

The trend is worrying parents in the region who say that they fear their young and school-going children have become a target for individuals who are involved in devil worship and may want to use their parts in cleansing themselves.

"The trend at which the children are getting lost and being found dead is not good. Our security should come up strong and help defend our people," said John Asachu, a parent.  

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