A male doctor and four women have been arrested in connection with an incident in which a mother lost one of the twin babies she gave birth to at the Bungoma Referral Hospital.
Mercy Chebet from Chepyuk had given birth to two bouncing babies, a boy and a girl through caesarian section, but to her bewilderment, she was handed a baby girl after delivery.
The mother raised concern on the whereabouts of her second baby because ultrasound scans during prenatal clinics established she was carrying twins. The doctor attending to her insisted that she had delivered only one child.
The medic would later withdraw all documents related to her pregnancy.
More details about the incident were uncovered when the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives in Bungoma County established that a woman names as Josephine Simiyu from Bungoma Township was in possession of a stolen baby.
Josephine was then arrested together with Irene Atieno, Robai Namiti, Rodah Namiti and the doctor, Joseph Owola, and expected to be arraigned in court today to answer charges on child trafficking.
Police have also asked the medics at the Bungoma Referral Hospital to record a statement explaining how the baby went missing.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.