A 35-year-old woman is being held at Bomet police station for allegedly killing her 13-year-old son on allegations that he stole two maize cobs from a neighbour's farm at Mogoma village in Bomet County.
Faith Cherono is said to have severely punished her son leaving him with serious injuries in the stomach that led to his death.
The suspect is said to have also turned to her 7-year-old daughter and gave her a merciless beating, leaving her with serious injuries.
The girl is receiving treatment at Longisa Referral Hospital.
According to Kembu area chief Isaac Koech, the suspect committed the heinous act after receiving a complaint from her neighbour. She immediately turned to her children, inflicting them with serious injuries.
"After receiving the report from the neighbour, she picked up some sticks and started beating her children, she turned to the boy and stepped on his stomach and possibly left him bleeding internally," Koech said.
The administrator said neighbours heard the children crying and pleading for mercy and rushed to the homestead. They immediately rushed the children to hospital but unfortunately, the boy was pronounced dead on arrival.
"I arrived at the scene and found out that the children had picked just two maize cobs from the farm. The children didn't deserve such merciless beating just for two maize cobs", the angry chief lamented.
The chief said the woman is currently being interrogated by detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Children's Department.
Koech also confirmed that the police are holding the minors' father.
Meanwhile, the body of the deceased was moved to Longisa Hospital mortuary pending autopsy.
Woman in custody for killing infant
Elsewhere in Baringo, a middle-aged woman is cooling her heels in police cells for allegedly killing and burying her three-day-old son.
Dorcas Chebet is alleged to have committed an infanticide act at her home in Timboiywo, Baringo Central, and dug a pit in the backyard where she buried him as a means of concealing evidence.
While confirming the incident, Sacho OCS Jeremiah Miningo said that he received information about the incident from the area assistant Chief Mary Kipsang.
He regretted the heinous act urging women to speak up about what they could be going through, especially during postpartum to avoid such incidences.