A 25-year-old woman who allegedly demanded Sh100,000 from her husband in order to breastfeed her child was yesterday charged with child neglect in a Thika magistrate's court.
The court heard that on July 31 at Kiganjo in Thika, Ms Faith Nyokabi deserted her four-month-old baby and demanded the money from her husband in order to continue breastfeeding the child.
She denied the allegations and was released on a cash bail of Sh30,000. The case will be mentioned on August 15.
On Tuesday, her husband Charles Kirii told journalists that his wife of three years abandoned their child at home at the mercy of their neighbours. His attempts to fix the issue were futile as, according to him, the wife ignored his phone calls, forcing him to buy milk to feed the baby.
Mr Kirii, a 36-year-old casual labourer, added that when his wife finally agreed to talk to him, she told him she would not return home and would only breastfeed the baby for a year if he hands her the money.
"I pleaded with her to come and breastfeed the baby, but she claimed her mother had taken her to a hospital where she received an injection to stop the milk flow," he further explained.
Having given up on dialogue, Mr Kirii reported the matter to his area's assistant chief who referred him to the officer in charge of Makongeni Police Station.
He was later referred to Thika children's office which ordered that his wife be arrested.
Being a casual labourer, Mr Kirii said he could not afford to raise the amount his wife was demanding and, therefore, he took the child to his mother's home for safe custody.
Thika children’s officer Linah Mwangi said every child has a right to be breastfed unless the mother suffers from a medical condition. She advised that the baby be kept away from the mother seeing that the child's safety is currently compromised.