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Man escapes after burning baby to death 

Police in Bumula Sub County are hunting for a man who fled after burning a two and half year old baby to death.

The  Bumula Deputy  OCPD, Simon Kamoit told KNA that the suspect; Collins Nyongesa, burnt baby Michelle Nekesa to death using petrol while Nekesa’s mother escaped narrowly  on Tuesday during the 11pm incident at Sango C village within Bumula Sub County.

Nyongesa the lover of Michelle’s mother Millicent  Nekesa, poured petrol on Millicent’s bed through the window and set the house ablaze, Kamoit said, quoting vilalgers.

The  Police boss said that Millicent tried to save her baby in vain. However, she managed to escape death narrowly with minor burns and was treated at Bungoma County Referral hospital and discharged.

Witnesses said Nyongesa and Millicent had attended a night vigil at a funeral near their home and Nyongesa became rowdy and was beaten up by youths.

On seeing what transpired, Millicent asked Nyongesa to go and spend the night at her home as she used to sleep in a separate house from her parents, the witness narrated.

She further said that in the morning, Millicent realised that Nyongesa was badly hurt and he could not even wake up prompting her to call her parents and neighbours to take him to hospital.

She added that when Nyongesa came back from hospital, he threatened to do something to avenge the assault, claiming that he had been beaten at Millicent’s home.

She said that Millicent’s mother thought that those were just empty threats but which later led to the death of an innocent baby.

The Deputy OCPD cautioned residents against taking the law into their hands, saying if they have any differences they need to solve them amicably or seek professional help.

By  Maureen  Imbayi

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