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Woman kills step-daughter, 3, over food

24 April 2013, 16:03 Oduor Omondi

A three year old girl died on Tuesday morning after she was allegedly poisoned by her step-mother in Nyando District.

An eyewitness claimed the deceased was allegedly forced to drink a herbal concoction administered by the step-mother after discovering that she had eaten food meant for the entire family.

The incident took place at Wang'aya I, Nyang'oma location in Nyando.

According to Michael Opondo, a neighbor, the girl's mother, Elizabeth Anyango works at her sister's restaurant in Awasi while the father, Charles Okungu, who is a porter usually leaves the child under the care of the step-mother Lillian Adhiambo.

The incident caused panic as members of the public were baying for the woman's blood.

Opondo said the suspect - Adhiambo - had a tendency of mistreating the little girl long before the incident occurred.

However, Okungu (father) claimed her daughter had a slight headache a day before and was given pain killers.

Okungu said he was not around when the incident occurred, but was summoned by neighbors soon after the girl's death.

"Having left money for her medication, it's difficult to comprehend what transpired, now that the step-mother is being accused of preparing a herbal concoction she picked from my brother's homestead," he explained.

Okungu admitted that there existed conflicts between his relatives and his wife for the over 8 months they have lived together, but added that the co-wives related well and nothing could warrant such an act.

A neighbor who did not wish to be identified insisted that there have been persistent quarrels between the suspect and her mother in-law, but not with the co-wife.

Nyando OCPD Elias Gitonga promised that investigations have been launched into the matter and if found guilty, the suspect will soon be arraigned in court.

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