Homicide detectives in Kilifi County have arrested a man known as Felix Otieno following the death of his 5-year old step-daughter. Felix is alleged to have defiled his late step-daughter to the point of death.
According to reports, the minor succumbed to injuries she sustained from the heinous act.
Police have since established that the suspect has been repeatedly defiling the minor inside their house in Mama Mary Polani village.
Neighbours believe that the child's mother has been covering up her husband despite growing concern among them about their daughter's welfare. The concerned neighbours raised an alarm after it became more apparent that the couple was paying little or no attention to their sick child.
"We inquired on why the minor was unable to walk properly, three days prior to her death and her mother informed us that the kid had fallen while she had gone to fetch water. We, however, inquired from the minor and she told us that she had a big wound while pointing her private parts. She further informed us that the wounds were as a result of his father forcing himself into her," human rights activist Elizabeth Kadzo said.
Kadzo further divulged that the neighbours had earlier reported the matter to the police but were however dismissed due to lack of evidence.
"Barely last month , we reported the defilement claims to the police station but we were turned away on ground that there was no evidence to support our claims," a neighbour told K24 Digital.
Detectives have assured the public that they will get to the root of the matter after government pathologists conclude a post-mortem procedure on the minor's body.