Crime

Woman beheads one-year-old son for refusing to breastfeed

The one-year-old died on the spot following the incident, which occurred while the husband was away from home.

HOMA BAY, KENYA: Residents of Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County were left in grief and shock when a woman beheaded her one-year-old son for allegedly refusing to breastfeed.

Night Akoth Otieno, 23, has beheaded her son using a panga on Saturday at around 9 pm.

The one-year-old died on the spot following the incident, which occurred while the husband was away from home.

According to assistant chief of Konyago sub–Location Gabriel Nyatame, the woman has a mental disorder.

“She was angered when her third born son refused to breastfeed after making several attempts,” he told a local radio station.

Residents who rushed to the scene tied her with a rope before they alerted the area administration officer.

Mr. Nyatame said upon interrogation, the woman confessed that she beheaded her son after he refused to breastfeed several times.

The woman is currently detained at Ndhiwa police station while the son’s body is lying at the Manyataa Kobodo mortuary.

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