Police have rescued a newborn baby girl dumped inside a pit latrine within Rioma Catholic Church compound in Marani, Kisii county.

The rescue operation followed a report filed by a local who reported hearing a baby crying inside the latrine at around 2:30 pm on Tuesday.

“Police at Rioma Police Station responded to report made by a member of public, that there was a voice of an infant emanating from a pit latrine, within Rioma Catholic Church compound.

“OCS and Officers from the station responded swiftly to the scene, approximately 1.4km from the station, demolished the pit latrine and rescued a female infant estimated to be four days old,” the statement reads.

Police took the baby to Marani Level 4 Hospital and handed her over to the Sub-county Chief Nursing Officer in sound health.

“In the best interest of the child, NPS through its specialized Child Protection Units is committed to the protection of children in Kenya,” police added.

“We applaud the member of public that shared the information that led to the timely rescue of the baby, and wish the baby girl, safety and good health.”

Investigations into the incident are ongoing.

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