A Form Three student in Yatta, Kitui County, has been arrested for suspected infanticide.
In a dramatic turn of events that saw the 17-year-old girl, initially, a patient turned into a suspect, police claim that the teen killed her unborn child.
It all started when the girl complained of stomach pains. Concerned teachers rushed her to a local hospital for medical attention.
The school principal says that after a medical examination was done on the student, doctors revealed that she had procured an abortion. However, she was treated and later discharged.
“The medical report triggered a rigorous search around the school compound, which led to the recovery of a folded blue bedsheet tossed in a pit latrine,” says the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
The scene was a startling one, a male foetus approximated to be eight months old was found wrapped with the sheet.
The foetus had a piece of a mosquito net tied around its neck.
The body has been taken to a mortuary, awaiting autopsy.
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors
There is limited data on babies born alive as a result of an abortion procedure.
On Friday (January 29), 44 U.S senators joined one of their colleague in re-introducing a bill that seeks to protect abortion survivors.
Senator Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act seeks to ban act of infanticide by ensuring that babies who survive attempted abortions have a chance at life.
“The legislation requires that, when an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, health care practitioners must exercise the same degree of professional skill and care to protect the newborn as would be offered to any other child born alive at the same gestational age,” reads a press release on Todd Young’s website, one of the senators who are backing Sasse’s bill.