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Parents of Thika baby in needles puzzle charged

Oliver Musembi @PeopleDailyKe

A couple appeared before a Thika court yesterday charged with causing grievous bodily harm to their 10-month-old baby girl by piercing her body with needles. Isaac Gichura and his wife Jacinta Ndunge were remanded after they denied the charge before Principal Magistrate Grace Omodho.

The two were arrested after doctors at the Thika Level 5 Hospital removed 12 of the 13 needles found in their daughter Irene Wairimu’s body last week. The infant has since been put to a children’s rescue centre. P

rosecuting, state counsel Dorothy Aswani opposed bond saying the accused were likely to interfere with investigations as they are the child’s parents. However, the two who were not represented vehemently opposed the application to deny them bail arguing that they had three other children to take care of. “As a father I am deeply pained to be accused of doing harm to my own child.

I request the court to allow us to go and take care of the other children who are all dependent on us parents,” said Gichura. Children suffering His wife echoed the same sentiments and said as their mother she was in agony over the alleged offence and asked the court not to let the other children suffer as a result of their parents’ incarceration.

The court, however, granted the prosecution’s prayer and ordered that the two be remanded until December 11 when the case will be mentioned and their plea for bond reviewed. Doctors are yet to remove one needle which was embedded in the child’s pelvic bone.

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