Parents of Thika needles baby arraigned in court

Both pleaded innocence saying they wouldn't harm their baby

Thika law courts
Thika Law Courts. PHOTO: FILE | THE STAR

Parents to the ten-month-old girl currently admitted at Thika Level Five Hospital after undergoing surgery to remove 14 needles discovered in her body, have denied committing the offence in a Thika court.

Isaac Gichura and his wife Jacinta Ndunge appeared before Thika principal magistrate Grace Omodho on Tuesday, December 5, and denied inserting the needles in their daughter’s body therefore putting the minor’s health at risk.

Isaac Gichura and his wife Jacinta Ndunge when they appeared before the court. PHOTO: THE STAR has learnt that the two suspects pleaded with the court to release them on bond so they can look after their other three children.

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But the prosecution led by state counsel Dorothy Aswani opposed their plea. They asked the magistrate to allow the two to be detained until investigations are complete for fear of the accused interfering with evidence.

Gichura who works in a quarry in Kiganjo denied any wrong doing and pleaded with the court to free him since he is the sole breadwinner.

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According to him, the other children are suffering with no one to take care of them.

“I swear before God that I came to learn that my child had needles inside her body when doctors did an X-ray. There’s no way I can harm my own child. I plead with this court to release me so that I can feed my other kids,” he said.

His wife Ndunge who had taken her daughter to hospital after she noticed she was unwell, also asked the court to release her so she could breastfeed the baby.

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“I’m saddened that people are thinking that I harmed my daughter. If I didn’t want her I wouldn’t have raised her. Please release me so that I can go and breastfeed,” she pleaded.

Justice Omodho denied both pleas and ordered that they be remanded until December 11 when the case will be mentioned.