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Miracle baby survives 15 hours in 20-foot latrine

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By Wanja Waweru

A one-day-old baby girl who was discovered alive on Wednesday, 15 hours after her mother abandoned her in a 20-foot-deep pit latrine, is healthy.

The infant “is now out of danger and may be discharged,” according to a report from Thika Level Five Hospital to the Gatanga sub-county police.

The mother of the child will be charged with attempted murder and neglecting to record the birth, according to Gatanga police chief Laurence Njeru.

Mr. Njeru described the incident, which took place in the community of Kimandi Wanyaga, as a “affront to the right to life, where a woman threw a live infant in an abandoned toilet in the hope that it would die.”

The hospital names her “Angel”. Rachel Koche Makomu was listed as the mother’s name.

The police were notified on Monday night, according to Mr. Njeru, that “a 29-year-old woman who had previously been known to be pregnant suddenly appeared to have given birth but there was no baby to display.”

An employee of a tea farm, the woman. She was no longer pregnant, but her coworkers had noticed, and she was unable to explain why because she had no visible signs of pregnancy.

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