Mama Lucy Hospital staff found guilty of stealing babies

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A Nairobi Court on September 6, convicted two social workers over child trafficking and child neglect offenses at the Mama Lucy Hospital in Nairobi.

Selina Adundo and Fred Leparan were found guilty of trafficking three infants, three years ago at the hospital.

Nairobi senior principal magistrate Esther Kimilu ruled that the prosecution had established a case against the suspects.

“The two knowing that they had a duty of care of these three children, exposed the children to abuse and therefore the two are guilty of the offence as charged,” the court noted.

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The prosecution told the court that the child trafficking offense occurred between March 1, 2020, and November 16, 2020, at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital.

One of the witnesses had earlier explained to the court how Fred Leparan obtained Ksh300,000 from a BBC journalist who was pretending to be a buyer of abandoned babies at the hospital.

It was also revealed that Leparan had asked the woman named Rose, the gender she preferred, to which she replied that gender did not matter.

Leparan was asked by the BBC reporter whether the baby was healthy, and he replied that he was.

His response to the journalist was a confirmation of his intent to steal and sell the child.

The convicts are currently being remanded at the Industrial Area and Langata Women’s Prison as they wait for sentencing.

The two have 14 days to file an appeal as they wait to be sentenced on September 26.

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