Woman arrested for faking kidnapping of a baby

She tricked her boyfriend that their 'child' was kidnapped

Woman arrested for tricking boyfriend their 'child' was kidnapped

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has arrested a woman identified as Mutinda Gertrude for allegedly faking the kidnapping of her baby.

According to renowned activist, Boniface Mwangi, Mutinda suffered a miscarriage and in an attempt to conceal the information from her boyfriend, Kenneth Barasa she chose to send him pictures of her employer’s baby.

"I’ve spoken to the DCI and their investigations have revealed there was never a kidnapping. After interrogation, they have decided she needs to see a psychiatrist," read Mwangi's tweet in part.

On March 7, a story circulated on social media that a seven-month-old baby had been kidnapped at Railways Bus station in Nairobi.

According to Mutinda, she and the 'baby' had travelled to Nairobi from Kibwezi, Makueni County on the morning of March 7. When they reached Mlolongo, they were instructed to alight from the vehicle they were travelling in to board another car.

When they arrived at the railway bus station in Nairobi, two men approached her with one, in particular, piercing her with a sharp object insisting that he should help carry her bags.

The other man allegedly took her 'baby' and instructed her to follow them. According to Mutinda, she lost consciousness shortly after and woke up two days later at a riverbank along Githurai 44.

Miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week. Miscarriage is a traumatic event which affects every woman differently but can lead to grief, anxiety, depression, and even symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

According to the Neem Foundation Herbal Clinic, "the actual number is much higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn't even know she's pregnant."

Globally, about 12–15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Studies suggest that after a miscarriage 30–50 percent of women experience anxiety and 10–15 percent experience depression, typically lasting up to four months.

Editor's Note: Cases of child disappearance or abuse can be reported to DCI’s Anti Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit for action through the number 0800 722 203.

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