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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.

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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.

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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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