By Paul Njau in Kiambu County
Police in Kikuyu, Kiambu County have arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing his sister’s 2-year-old son to death on Thursday afternoon (June 11).
The teenager, who hails from Ndeiya Ward in Kikuyu Constituency, had visited his sister in Kikuyu Town, and had been left to take care of the child, when the incident happened. His elder sibling, who is in her early 30s, had gone to work, police said.
It is alleged that the suspect stabbed the little boy four times in the chest.
The deceased’s mother, who does menial work for a living, said she returned home in the evening, and found her child covered as “he slept” on his bed.
After waiting for nearly two hours for her son to wake up, she grew anxious and went over to his bed, where she discovered the boy had four stab wounds in the chest, and was already dead.
Upon asking her teenage brother, what had happened, the boy fled the scene, an act which the elder sibling interpreted as an admission of guilt.
On Friday morning (June 12), police found the suspect stranded on Kikuyu Town streets. They arrested and took him to Kikuyu Police Station, where he is being held in custody.
Kikuyu OCPD Kutumi Mutarani confirmed the incident to K24 Digital, saying the minor will be arraigned once investigations into the incident are concluded.
“We are yet to establish why the suspect fatally stabbed his nephew,” said Mutarani.
The suspect’s grandmother told K24 Digital that the teenager’s actions shocked her, given her grandchild “always exhibited characteristics of a level-headed and peace-loving person”.
The body of the 2-year-old boy, who was his mother’s first-and-only child, was taken to Kikuyu Mission Hospital morgue.
Editor’s note: We couldn’t publish the names of the suspect, victim, or the deceased’s mother and grandmother for ethical and legal reasons.