Police officers in Rioma, Kisii county of Kenya, have rescued a newborn baby girl who was abandoned inside a pit latrine at Rioma Catholic Church compound. The baby, estimated to be four days old, was found crying by a local resident who alerted the police on Tuesday, April 18th.
The officers from Rioma Police Station promptly responded to the report and discovered the infant in the pit latrine within the church compound. They demolished the pit latrine and retrieved the baby girl, who was taken to Marani Level 4 Hospital for medical check-up. The child was found to be in sound health and has since been handed over to the sub-county chief nursing officer.
The National Police Service (NPS) has commended the member of the public who provided information that led to the timely rescue of the baby girl.
The NPS has emphasized its commitment to child protection through specialized child protection units. An investigation is currently underway to identify and locate the person responsible for abandoning the child in the pit latrine. The police statement did not indicate whether the mother of the baby had been located, nor did it provide any further details about the ongoing investigation.