- Ngungu said that the suspect is believed to have killed the child on Tuesday afternoon but the body was discovered in the evening.
- He said that the suspect’s husband had declined to cater for the child insisting he be returned to her home.
A woman, 23, in Lugari is in custody for allegedly killing her four-year-old son and dumping the body in a pit latrine on Tuesday to stabilise her marriage.
The suspect, Caroline Ombwaro was arrested from her home on Tuesday night after suspicious neighbours discovered the lifeless body of the minor in unused pit in the compound.
Lugari subcounty police commander Bernard Ngungu said the suspect is believed to have suffocated the child with clothes before dumping the body in the pit unnoticed.
She then left for her salon work as usual.
The incident occurred at Lumama village in Lugari. The suspect is being held at Lumakanda police station.
Ngungu said that the suspect is believed to have killed the child on Tuesday afternoon but the body was discovered in the evening.
“When she returned home alone from the salon, neighbours asked her where the child was but she couldn’t explain raising concerns. They then started searching the compound and found the body inside the pit,” he said.
Neighbours said the deceased has been the source of conflict between the suspect and her husband.
"The biological father of the child refused to cater for the child while under the care of his grandparents and she went and brought him to live with them but this triggered a problem that could have led to the death of the minor," a neighbour whos spoke on condition of anonymity said.
“Before they married, this girl lied to her husband that she had no child but after settling down she brought the boy, a move that angered her husband and they have been having constant quarrels between them."
He said that the suspect’s husband had declined to cater for the child insisting he be returned to her home.