Two year old boy in hospital after father burns him with hot iron rod
17 August 2016, 17:44
Nairobi - A two-year-old boy was Wednesday admitted to the Nyahururu County Referral Hospital, Laikipia County with serious burns, while his father was detained at Nyahururu police station for allegedly inflicting the burns on the boy.
The boy who had serious burns all over his body shocked police officers and nurses after stating that the injuries were allegedly inflicted by his father.
According to Nyandarua North OCPD Timon Odingo, the man identified as Samuel Gachara Wachege, 34, escaped death narrowly last night when irate villagers pounced on him with all kinds of crude weapons.
“The villagers from the sprawling Maina slums became concerned due to constant molesting of the child by the man,” Odingo told the press at his office in Nyahururu town.
He said that the villagers beat the man senselessly before frogmarching him to the local Administration Police camp where police picked him up.
The OCPD said they suspected that the toddler had also been sexually assaulted and were waiting for a doctor’s report before preferring charges on the suspect.
“We suspect the child had been sexually assaulted as he had injuries on his private parts but we are waiting for the doctor’s examination before arraigning the suspect in court preferably tomorrow,” he said.
The man who was been heavily bandaged on his head was said to be an alcohol abuser and bhang smoker.
He was also said to have separated with his wife seven months ago who returned to her maternal parents but the exact location remained unknown.
Odingo condemned the incident and urged locals to be reporting cases of child-abuse promptly to avoid more damages on the victims.
“It appears the child had been molested for quite sometime as the wounds attest and nobody knew about it. I am appealing to the residents to be reporting such cases to the authorities to save our children and our future,” the police boss said.
He maintained that children had a right to be protected from any harm.
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