Police have arrested a nanny who attacked her boss’s family and killed their 7-year-old son in Marigat, Baringo County, Kenya.
The suspect, Lydiah Jelagat Kipng’etich, 24, also seriously injured the boy’s mother in the attack on the night of September 24, 2021. The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) in a statement on Monday, October 11, said that the suspect was working for the family as a nanny before committing the heinous act.
« Armed with a machete, the 24-year-old housekeeper, who was graciously offered a job as a nanny in the house of a prison warden in Rumuruti, sneaked into her boss’s master bedroom in the middle of the night, heinously attacking her in her sleep, » DCI said in the statement.
According to DCI, the man of the house was away on work-related duties when the suspect attacked the boy before targeting the mother (his boss) and then escaping the scene.
« As she made distress calls in the midst of excruciating pain with blood pouring from her arms, head, and neck, the woman was unaware that her older 7-year-old son had been the first target of the housekeeper. With the man of the house away, the killer nanny had found the perfect time to strike.
As concerned neighbors rushed to the scene to rescue the victims, Lydiah escaped into the cover of darkness. « It was in the process of getting the woman ready for the hospital that the neighbors came across the cold body of the boy hiding under the bed. He had blood dripping from his mouth, with no physical injuries. »
« While the injured victim was being treated at Nyandarua County Hospital, where the boy’s body was also being held for autopsy, a manhunt began.
Over the weekend, a joint team of detectives from the DCI and Baringo County headquarters’ Crime Intelligence and Research Bureau joined their DCI Marigat counterparts in the pursuit, where a search was conducted in the Kiptangwanyi and Kongasis areas of Gilgil, Nakuru County. A few days later, detectives working on the case caught up with the suspect at a friend’s house in Kongasis and arrested her.
After hours of searching, the fleeing suspect was evicted from her friend’s house in Kongasis and escorted to Marigat police station to await arraignment in Kabarnet court. » Concludes the statement.