Winrose Mumbe, the woman who is making headlines for selling her newborn baby to a stranger at a price of Ksh1,000 is under police custody.
In her defense, Mumbe said she sold her now three-month-old baby to Tina Mulinge since her husband had asked her to procure an abortion; something she could not live with.
Both suspects have been detained at Machakos Police Station.
On Wednesday, September 2, when Mulinge sought clinic services for the baby, the doctors at the facility identified with the baby.
They realized that they had helped in the delivery of the child a few months ago.
Unfortunately, the mother’s details did not match. They raised an alarm at that point.
“For nine months, Mulinge has been lying to her husband that she was expectant, she even went to hospital on her alleged due date and that is when she came back home with the baby,” Machakos Sub-county Children’s officer Emily Kimanzi stated.
Soon after the transactions were done, Mumbe travelled back to Kitui County, leaving her baby with Mulinge.
Upon suspicion that Mulinge’s elder child could have been gotten by similar means, the police have launched an investigation to unfold the truth.
In a similar case reported in Kieni East, Nyeri County, a five-year-old girl was allegedly sold by her biological mother for Ksh28,000 to a buyer who was believed to reside in the neighboring Laikipia County.
The details of the illegal trade emerged after the girl failed to show up at a feeding program where she was a registered beneficiary.
When her absence became recurrent, it raised suspicion leading to the discovery that the girl had could have been sold.
The caregiver at the feeding program raised an alarm as the girl’s mother had earlier revealed that she was willing to trade her young one for about Ksh20,000.