• The two, a suspect and his accomplice, were arrested in the wee hours of Thursday morning by undercover who laid ambush.
• The distasteful video clip that has been doing rounds in sections of the media and sparked uproar showed the suspects giving scotch whiskey to a 3-year-old baby.
The suspects who were captured on video giving alcohol to a three-year-old child have been arrested.
The two were arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Child Protection Unit in Thindigua and Pangani estates respectively.
In a statement on Thursday, the DCI noted that the two, a suspect and his accomplice, were arrested on Thursday morning by an undercover who laid an ambush.
The distasteful video clip that has been doing rounds in sections of the media and sparked uproar, showed the suspects giving scotch whiskey to a 3-year-old baby.
The video shared by former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko shocked the public.
Detectives monitoring online activities escalated the information to undercover sleuths specialised in hunting down child offenders.
“The detectives based at the DCI Academy in South B conducted a comprehensive analysis using their state-of-the-art software for tracking online child offenders and unmasked the identity of the suspects,” DCI said.
“Detectives have since established that the duo had just gatecrashed at a Christmas party where their mutual friend had been invited and went on to outstay their welcome, and behaved savagely after the level of kindness that had been extended to them,” the DCI added.
The investigations by DCI into the issue had since established that the baby’s mother who retired to bed early after taking care of her guests was shocked after being woken up at 2 am by concerned friends, who saw the trending videotape and shared it with her.
The two who were later arraigned at the Kiambu Law courts faced charges of failing to protect a child from drugs and substance abuse contrary to section 24 (1) (a) as read with section 24 (2) of the Children Act No. 29 of 2022.
According to the DCI, the first accused pleaded guilty and the second accused not guilty to charges.
The case will be mentioned on January 18, 2023, for the facts to be read to the first accused and a hearing date to be set.
“Meanwhile, the second accused was given a bond of Sh200,000 and a surety of a similar amount,” the DCI said.
This comes days after Kenyans on Twitter called the attention of the DCI to the clip that was doing rounds online of a man giving alcohol to a child, and demanded his arrest.
In the undated clip, an unknown man is seen pouring alcohol into a tumbler and asking his son to take a shot, which the minor does.
"Piga shot baba," he says while giggling.
It is prohibited to sell, serve or supply alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 18 years.
A section of KOT wondered how such a young child, aged about three years, can take undiluted alcohol without flinching.