Baby dies at day care in Athi river on the first day

The boy's mum hopes to find justice for her son.

• Linda Odote , the boys mum resorted to the day care after her house help refused to pick up her calls.

• She was to report to a new job.

Crime: police barrier
Crime: police barrier
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A two-and-a-half-month old boy lost his life on his first day at a day care at a facility in Tassia Estate on Monday.

The childs' mother who has been identified as Linda Odote had taken the baby to the day care as she was to report to a new job.

Speaking about her son's death she said

“I got a new job and I was directed to report on Monday in Athi River and my house help was aware, but she chose not to pick calls that morning until I ran late,” she said.

She had resorted to the day care after her house help bailed out on her.

“I wanted to direct her to pick the baby from the centre once she called back, but she never did.”

Linda said she suspected all was not well when she didn’t get phone calls from the caregiver as expected because the baby was new.

“I did not receive any call from the head of the centre and I assumed that my son had immediately gotten used to his new environment,” she said.

According to a private facility where the child was first taken at about 4pm, the person in charge of the daycare centre said the baby was given milk during lunch hour and slept but never woke up.

Linda only learned of her child's death hours after he had breathed his last.

“I called them for the first time at 6.18pm when I left work. That is when the head of the centre broke the news to me.

When I walked in and saw my only baby, I was broken into pieces. When I touched him, he was already cold.” She said

Embakasi OCDP Masai Makau said investigation into the death was on.

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