Detectives based at Turbo in Uasin-Gishu County have launched a manhunt for a suspect who murdered his week-old step son today at 4am, before escaping into darkness.
In the shocking incident that has plunged Tarus village in Tapsagoi location into mourning, the suspect identified as Daniel Kipchumba is suspected to have killed the infant after tricking his wife to go outside the house and call for help after feigning sickness.
Kipchumba had reunited with his wife of 12 years Grace Atwoli in December last year after they separated in 2019, though she was heavily pregnant for another man.
This appeared to have irked Kipchumba who had since married another woman during the first wife’s absence and moved in with her, in his mother’s compound. But unknown to Grace, Kipchumba had hatched a plot to take away the life her little bundle of joy.
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Early this morning at around 4am, the suspect lied to his wife that he was feeling quite unwell and asked her to call his mother and his second wife to assist him to hospital.
But when she returned accompanied by her step mother and co-wife, Kipchumba was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the three stumbled on the lifeless body of the week-old baby lying on a mattress with visible marks on the neck and blood oozing from the nose and mouth. The baby’s head also appeared to have been hit with a blunt object.
The scene was processed and documented by crime scene personnel and the body moved to Kimbilio Nursing Home Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy.
Detectives are currently on a manhunt for the suspect to answer to charges of murder.