Woman in Ndhiwa beheads son for allegedly refusing to breastfeed


Woman in Ndhiwa beheads son for allegedly refusing to breastfeed
File image of a breastfeeding mother. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

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

Grief has engulfed residents of Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County after a mother beheaded her one-year-old son for allegedly refusing to breastfeed.

Night Akoth Otieno, 23, is said to have beheaded her son using a panga on Saturday at around 9pm.

The child died on the spot following the incident which occurred when her husband was away from home.

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 is detained at Ndhiwa police station while the son’s body was taken to Manyataa Kobodo mortuary.

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