Court orders mental test for woman who allegedly beheaded her son for not breastfeeding


Court orders mental test for woman who allegedly beheaded her son for not breastfeeding
File image of a breastfeeding mother. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The woman's husband was reported to have been away from home at the time of the incident.

A court in Homa Bay County has ordered a mental assessment for a 23-year-old woman who allegedly beheaded her one-year-old son for not breastfeeding.

Night Akoth Otieno is accused of beheading her third born son identified as Briton Ochieng after he allegedly refused to breastfeed.

The accused appeared before Ndhiwa Principal Magistrate Mary Ochieng on Monday morning.

The Magistrate directed that she undergoes a mental assessment at Homa Bay County Referral Hospital pending the plea taking within seven days.

The accused was arrested over the weekend following the incident that occurred on Saturday at around 9pm.

The woman’s husband was reported to have been away from home at the time of the incident.

According to assistant chief of Konyago sub–Location Gabriel Nyatame, the woman suffers from a mental disorder.

“She was angered when her third born son refused to breastfeed after making several attempts,” he told Radio Ramogi.

The administrator said the woman took a sharp panga and beheaded the baby inside the house leaving the head and the body lying separately in a pool of blood.

Residents who rushed to the scene tied her with a rope before they alerted the area administration officer and filed a report at Ndhiwa Police Station.

Mr Nyatame said upon interrogation, the woman confessed that she beheaded her son after he refused to breastfeed several times.

The woman was handed over to police officers and detained at Ndhiwa Police Station while the son’s body was taken to Manyataa Kobodo mortuary.

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