One Year old killed as brother seriously injured after machete attack by Aunt
A one year old boy was killed while his five year old brother is nursing serious injuries after their aunt attacked them with a machete in Nyamonema village, Sameta sub-county, Kisii County.
The reason behind the attack on the two minors as they played outside their grandmother’s Elizabeth Bosire’s house is yet to be known.
The suspect allegedly slashed the minors several times, killing the younger one on the spot and seriously injuring the older sibling.
Ms Elizabeth Bosire, the children’s grandmother, told KNA that she had gone to pick tea at her farm when she was disturbed by the distress calls by her older grandchild.
“I heard my grandchildren crying while calling for me and immediately ran home to find my daughter-in-law hacking my grandson on the head with a machete,” a tearful Ms Bosire said.
She screamed to ward off the attack on her grandchild forcing the assailant to flee the scene.
“I took off my jacket and wrapped it around his head in an effort to stop the bleeding, and started running towards the road as I called on neighbours to help us,” said Ms Bosire.
She said she then saw her other daughter in-law, the mother to the victims, Ms Lydia Kemunto, running from her compound carrying her other son, who had also been slashed several times on the head.
“Together, we ran to the road and screamed as we sought our neighbors’ assistance. They assisted us rush the children to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital,” said Ms Bosire.
Kemunto, the children’s mother, was overwhelmed by emotions as she recounted the painful ordeal of finding her one child in pool of blood and the other in critical condition.
She narrated how she was tending her millet farm when she heard the screams from her children.
On rushing home she found her son lying prostrate on the ground with several wounds on his head.
“On my way to the road, I saw my mother-in-law holding my younger son who had a large, gaping and bleeding wound at the back of his head. Despite my many attempts to get a response from him, he remained quiet. We managed to rush them to hospital where my son was pronounced dead on arrival,” she said.
The suspect’s husband, Mr Dennis Bosire, said he had left for work at his quarry mining site when he was alerted by villagers of a machete attack at his home.
On arrival, he found neighbours and relatives gathered.
“The news of my wife’s act has left me stunned. I am yet to believe that she would do such a thing,” said Mr Bosire.
Kisii County Police commander Agnes Mudambi said police had arrested the suspect and she was assisting them with investigations.
Residents expressed their shock at the incident, terming it a tragedy that had never previously happened in the village.
“We are in shock. The assailant and her husband had a stormy relationship, characterized by frequent fights. She set her house on fire one time last year, and we only managed to put it out by luck,” said Mr John Ombati, a resident.
The body of the minor was removed to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital awaiting postmortem.
By Chrisphine Otieno and Jane Naitore