21 year old girl arrested after using balloon to fake pregnancy in a bid to steal baby (Photo)
According to Nairobi News, the woman who lives in Dandora Estate with her husband, a boda boda rider, had travelled to Kiriaini in Murang’4 days ago and reportedly told her mother-in-law, Ms Josephine Wairimu that she was in labour and requested to be taken to hospital at about 7:30pm.
Nurses were said to have assessed and even admitted her in preparation for delivery, but a nurse, who was to take Ms Kiritu to the delivery room, noticed something unusual with the ‘pregnancy’ and on checking, she was shocked to find a red, inflated balloon.
Speaking to a correspondent, an officer who sought anonymity, said the woman could have been plotting to steal a baby from the hospital or seeking a referral to Pumwani Hospital in Nairobi, adding that the incident was a common tactic used by people who steal babies.
Ms Kiritu was charged yesterday, but did not take a plea until she undergoes a mental exam. She was remanded in custody until September 2.