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Woman arrested for burying her newborn baby alive

05 November 2014, 12:55 Oduor Omondi

Migori - A day-old baby girl miraculously held onto her life on Monday after being pulled out of a shallow grave where she had been buried alive by her mother in Migori County.

The toddler, who is now recovering at Migori Referral Hospital, was rescued by boys herding cattle just a few minutes after the mother wrapped her delicate body and placed it in a carton before burying in a shallow grave at a nearby thicket.

According to Kawere Two sub-location assistant chief Joseph Migoya, the suspect, 35-year-old Alice Ong’ola, has been arrested and will be arraigned in a Migori court to answer to charges arising from the offence.

Chief Migoya said the boys alerted him of the bizarre discovery and rescue of the child in a freshly dug grave at Rombe Village at around 5pm.

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He said police led by Uriri sub-County OCS, Robert Mutiso were immediately called and the woman was arrested as the child was rushed to hospital unconscious.

“The child is now recuperating in the incubator at the Migori hospital where doctors immediately resuscitated her,” said chief Migoya.

He said the suspect, who is a widow, confessed that life had become unbearable thus forcing her to discard the baby.

The administrator said that the woman had complained of difficulties in raising her children especially after the death of her husband two years ago and the disappearance of a Tanzanian inheritor who sired the newborn.

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