A 13-year-old pupil in class seven took his own life by hanging at their home in Kangutu Village, Mariani Ward in Tharaka Nithi County on Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
Confirming the incident, Meru South Sub-County Police Commander Eunia Onyancha said at around 10:40 am, officers received reports of a suicide case involving a class seven pupil and proceeded to the scene in Kangutu Village.
Upon arrival, they established that the 13-year-old had hung himself. The lifeless body was discovered by the mother at around 7 am.
No suicide note was discovered at the scene as it remains unclear why the boy decided to take his life.
According to Onyancha, investigations are underway to determine the cause of the tragic incident. She noted that it was not the first time the 13-year-old boy had tried to commit suicide.
The Sub-County Police Commander urged parents to talk to their children, saying it was vital for them to understand the problems their children may be undergoing.
"Sometimes young children are not able to express stress and challenges they may be facing. They sometimes are not able to share with their parents their problems and I urge parents to talk and engage more with their children," he said.
The body was moved to Chuka Level 4 Hospital Morgue awaiting autopsy.
The incident joins the list of murder and suicide cases witnessed in the county in the past four days.
On Tuesday, September 27, a senior police officer attached to Chogoria Police Station was found dead in his rented apartment in Chogoria after he took his own life in unclear circumstances.
On Monday, September 26, residents of Kamachuku in Maara sub-county, Tharaka Nithi woke up to a rude shock after they found the body of an architect working with Chuka University at his home. Investigations by the police led them to the second floor of the incomplete apartment, where the body of his wife was found dangling from the roof at around 9:00 am.
On Sunday, September 25, a 42-year-old man was found dead in his house in Ruguti village, Igambang'ombe sub-county, after hanging himself over claims that his wife was cheating on him.