A woman from Makongeni, Thika town, Kenya has been arrested for demanding her husband pays her before breastfeeding their baby.
Faith Nyokabi abandoned her 4-month-old baby at her matrimonial home in Kiganjo Estate, over a week ago and refused to return unless she receives Ksh.100,000 in cash from her husband, Charles Kiiri.
According to reports, Faith left her baby unattended, right after her husband, a casual labourer, left for work.
Charles, stated he received a call from worried neighbours and was informed his wife had abandoned their kid.
Completely taken aback, the distraught father returned home, bought a packet of milk and fed the baby with the help of some neighbours.
Charles then decided to call his wife who said she was willing to return home under one condition: that her husband had to pay up KSh 100,000.
“When my wife finally took my calls, she informed me that she was okay but was not coming back to me unless I gave her KSh 100,000. I pleaded with her to come and breastfeed,” the distraught father said.
Faith then let out a shocking confession when she admitted her mother accompanied her to the hospital to receive an injection which helped reduce her milk production.
Thika Children’s Officer Lina Mwangi advised Charles to look for a primary caregiver who will look after the child under his supervision.
Faith will be charged with child neglect and denying a child protection and care contrary to the Children’s Act.
Charles was advised to look for a temporary caregiver to look after the infant under his watch as the court handles the matter.