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10-year-old girl repeatedly raped by aunt’s husband, 60, is dead


Haron Cherono

A 10-year-old girl in Baringo, Kenya, who was allegedly raped several times by her aunt’s husband for three years, has died.

The standard three pupil succumbed to her injuries at Sunrise Children’s home in Kabarnet in Baringo Central.

The suspect, Haron Cherono, 60, is on the run.

“The child was brought to our institution two months ago but little did we know her health was in critical condition,” the home’s manager, Titus Barmasa, said on Friday.

He said the family didn’t provide them with the girl’s medical report, which would have helped them arrange for specialised treatment.

Barmasai said at midnight the girl asked for someone to hold her stomach.

She also asked to be given water, mangoes and soda before she collapsed and died on June 24.

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Until her death, the girl had a swollen head, face and limbs. She had lost her appetite and couldn’t walk.

She was allegedly defiled numerous times by her aunt’s husband at their home in Baringo North sub-county since 2019.

“My uncle used to drag me every evening around 7 pm to 8 pm into his bedroom while my auntie was still in her shop at the centre,” the girl had said.

She said her uncle threatened to kill her if she dared to speak about the rapes.

“He didn’t even care when I screamed in pain or bled,” she said.

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Two months ago, the sickness forced the girl to run away from her auntie’s home. She lived in the brush for about a week, eating wild fruits. Villagers who hunted for her found her hungry and weak.

The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret reported on June 14 that the girl suffered intensive uterus, kidney and liver damage.

It linked the girl’s death to viral infections which weren’t noticed and treated early.

Baringo North OCPD Fredrick Odinga said the suspect, Haron Cherono, is still on the run but they are pursuing him to arrest and charge him with murder.

“He can run but he can’t hide, we will finally capture him from his hideouts,” Odinga said.

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He said the suspect’s wife has been arrested and is in police custody. She is to be arraigned in court on Monday for harbouring a criminal, he said.

However, she had earlier told the media she was innocent and that she never knew her husband could do such evil things.

“If it is true, then I don’t have any control over it, just let the law take its course,” she said.

Family members pleaded for justice, saying the government should fast-track investigation and arrest the suspect.

“As a family, we are not going to bury our daughter until the culprit(s) are brought to book,” one of them said.