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Police hunts aggrieved maid for poisoning family

Police in Kenya is hunting a maid who poisoned her employer’s family. (FILE PHOTO)

MIGORI- Police in Migori is hunting a maid for allegedly poisoning her employer’s children, a fellow employee plus the maid’s son.
According to Agencies, one child died instantly after eating food that was laced with poison.

The other two children aged 2 and 4 were in critical condition and both got admitted to St. Joseph Omboo Mission Hospital for treatment, the other casualty –a maid – Ms. Linda Endekwa was also hospitalised.

Ms. Endekwa, the newly-recruited maid said she ate the food with her son before going to bed. She was shocked to discover that he was dead when she tried to wake him up the following day.

Meanwhile, Ms. Bertha Oluoch, the mother of the two children who were poisoned, said her kids were okay by the time she returned from work, but a few minutes later, they both started vomiting and complaining of stomach-aches.

“When I arrived home after school, they were all okay. But moments later, they started and complaining of stomach pains so I rushed them to the hospital,” Ms. Oluoch narrated.

She suspects that this evil deed was carried out by her house maid Belinda Atieno. The employer revealed that after the suspected maid had finished preparing supper, she then packed all her belongings and disappeared.

“She prepared some potato fries and cooked bananas which she served to my children and the new house help then packed her belongings and left,” Ms Oluoch recalled.

Ms. Oluoch added that the meal was served to all her four children but the older ones did not take it as they had gone out to play in the neighbourhood.

According to the Migori County Police Commander, Joseph Nthenge the maid’s son died as a result of eating the poisoned food.

It has also merged that the aggrieved maid had discovered that her employer was planning to fire her from the job when the incident occurred.

According to Mr Nthenge, the other two children who partook of the poisoned food are still alive and receiving medical attention.

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