Nakuru police are investigating a case in which a 25-year-old woman is accused of forging a pregnancy and then buying a baby.
Particia Rono reportedly told her husband, Wesley Rono, in December 2020 that she was pregnant with their first child.
Mr Rono said he grew suspicious when his wife was shaking whenever he tried to touch her abdomen or approach her.
For several months, Ms. Rono used clothes to make the baby early. Her husband played along to the fooling beats.
“I was very excited when I learnt about my wife’s pregnancy status. However, I discovered that she was inserting clothes into her stomach and did not allow me to touch or feel the baby’s lump. I just decided to play the game to see the end of the game,” said Rono.
The man added, “She was begging for money to go to the clinic and others to buy baby clothes. But I knew it was all wrong.
Nine months later, the woman told her husband that she must be born and asked for money for maternity care.
Mr Rono then received a call from his wife informing him that she had given birth to a baby boy. He said his wife decided to go to her parents to “recover”.
He returned home four days later with the baby in his arms, Mr Rono said.
Mr Rono decided to end the game and reported the matter to the police. Ms Rono was interrogated and admitted to cheating on the pregnancy.
Police are looking for a woman suspected of selling the child for 50,000 shillings but they received only 2,600 shillings in cash. The remaining amount was paid in the form of tea plants.
Kericho Criminal Investigation Officer John Onyango said detectives were working with colleagues in Kuresoi to sue the alleged trafficker.
The child is currently in state custody.