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Househelp in court over baby Flora kidnap

Two-year-old Flora Wangare who was kidnapped at their home in Athi River.
Two-year-old Flora Wangare who was kidnapped at their home in Athi River.

A 27 year old househelp accused of stealing a baby in Utawala was on Thursday arraigned in court.

Christine Kagendo caused drama at the Mavoko law courts, letting out a loud scream moments after the principal magistrate had read out the charges.

She was immediately whisked out of the courtroom.

Christine Kagendo had vanished with two-year old Flora Wangare on January 15, days after she had been employed as a househelp.

Nairobi News newspaper was the first to break the story of Baby Flora.
Nairobi News newspaper was the first to break the story of Baby Flora.

Her employers, Faith Wanjiru and Johnson Kamau, had left the baby under her care as they left for work. However, they got the shock of their lives in evening when they found their daughter and the househelp missing .

Police traced the househelp to her rural home in Kibugu village, Embu.

Upon arrest, she told the police that she was given the child by a male friend who asked her to care of it.

Prosecution is seeking to enjoin another suspect to the case who allegedly colluded with Ms Kagendo to steal the child.

Present at the court on Thursday was Baby Flora’s father, Johnson Kamau, who told Nairobi News that he was happy with the way the police conducted the whole investigation.

Faith Wanjiru and Johnson Kamau, the parents of the kidnapped two-year-old Flora Wangare at their home in Athi River.  File, NairobiNews
Faith Wanjiru and Johnson Kamau, the parents of the kidnapped two-year-old Flora Wangare at their home in Athi River. File, NairobiNews

“Since the newspaper (Nairobi News) had carried the photo of the child, many friends, relatives and well-wishers from the church joined in the search,” said Johnson Kamau.

He said their hopes had waned even as the search intensified.

“Our hopes were waning every minute until we received a call from the police that the child was found at a village in Embu and whether we could go there to identify her,” said Mr. Johnson Kamau.

Christine Kagendo will appear before the court on January 31.