Nyeri: Nanny allegedly flees with employer’s one-year-old baby


Nyeri: Nanny allegedly flees with employer's one-year-old baby
Mary Wambui Maina who is accused of stealing her employer's one-year-old baby in Naromoru, Nyeri County. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Daniel Kihiu Mwambia and his wife Lydia Wanjiru said their new househelp, Mary Wambui Maina, ‘stole’ their baby - Gianah Muthoni Mwambia - barely a day after hiring her.
  • Mr. Mwambia said their previous househelp informed them of her decision to go back home to continue with her education, adding that she would however only leave after they had found a replacement for her.
  • He stated that, the following day, his wife met another girl who was seeking employment and they agreed that she would return and start on Friday after they had let go of their former help.

A couple in Naromoru, Nyeri County, is distressed after their househelp allegedly fled with their one-year-old daughter.

Daniel Kihiu Mwambia and his wife Lydia Wanjiru said their new househelp, Mary Wambui Maina, ‘stole’ their baby – Gianah Muthoni Mwambia – barely a day after hiring her.

Speaking to Citizen Digital on Sunday, Mr. Mwambia said their previous househelp informed them of her decision to go back home to continue with her education, adding that she would however only leave after they had found a replacement for her.

He stated that, the following day, his wife met another girl who was seeking employment and they agreed that she would return and start on Friday after they had let go of their former help.

“The girl returned on Friday as agreed and commenced her employment. Since she did not have a phone, we gave her one to facilitate easier communication during her stay with us,” said Mr. Mwambia.

“On Saturday morning, I left for work at 6.30am and my wife left for Karatina market later on, leaving our two children in the company of the new help.”

At around 11am, the distressed father says suspicious neighbours contacted his wife saying one of their children – the eldest – was restlessly roaming around the compound and the youngest as well as the help were nowhere to be seen.

“We found that she had packed some of the child’s clothes but left her own. She also went away with the phone we had given her,” added Mr. Mwambia.

He further stated that they immediately reported the case at Naromoru Police Station, after which they attempted to trace her using the information she had given them before resuming employment.

They managed to trace the girl’s father who informed them that she had fled from home about a week earlier and had no clue about her present whereabouts.

According to the father, Mr. Mwambia said, the girl has persistent mental issues that plagues her judgement every so often and that.

“He (father) informed us that she has stolen from her employers before when her mental issues act up but once she regains her sanity, which often happens after a few days, she usually returns all the stolen items. This is however the first time he heard that she stole a baby,” said Mr. Mwambia.

Mr. Mwambia and his wife are now appealing to anybody who has seen the girl (pictured above) to report to the nearest police station and help them get their baby back.

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