Police are searching for a woman who abandoned her newborn on the roadside along Waiyaki Way in Nairobi to bring her to book on baby dumping charges.
The baby boy was discovered folded up in a paper bag yesterday morning. Police said they are yet to find out why the child was dumped and how long the baby had been on the site.
Noting that their major concern is to find the mom, police further said there must be a reason why this has taken place and they would like to get to the bottom of it.
The baby was found by some passers-by who alerted the police. An eye witness said she was walking close to Kianda School when she saw the baby. She added that she was moved by how the baby was shivering with cold.
She had to run inside her house to fetch warm clothes to carry him. Upon arrival, the police said they are rushing the poor child to the hospital. All she could do was to give them clothe to wrap the baby, and watched while they took him away.
Baby dumping refers to parents abandoning or discarding a child younger than 12 months in a public or private place with the intent of disposing of them. It is also known as rehoming.
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The practice entails letting go of one’s offspring in an extralegal way with no intent of resuming or reasserting them. In most cases social and cultural factors as well as mental illness can lead to the incident.
Poverty can also cause baby dumping. The act which is most common child abuse in Africa have several negative implications on the babies concerned, making it a serious social problem that requires urgent attention.