Following social media outcry with the hash tag “Justice For Baby David,” Kenyan Detectives have arrested the perpetrators of the terrible murder of the 3-year-old David Ndung’u, whose lifeless body was abandoned at Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital last month.
Phylis Njeri, who tortured the 3-year-old boy to death, was smoked out of her hideout in Illasit village, near the Kenyan-Tanzanian border, in a well-coordinated operation carried out by detectives from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau (CRIB).
The special operations to fish the perpetrators out was also augmented by detectives from the Homicide branch and a crack unit based at Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Nairobi regional headquarters.
According to DCI, sleuths based at the Corporate Communications & Public Affairs unit had earlier gathered information circulating on social media platforms regarding the baby’s murder after which they shared the details with the elite teams.
According to reports, investigations carried out unearthed gory details of how angel David was brutally murdered by Njeri and her husband Jockson Ngui, while her horrified elder brother Peter Ndung’u watched in shock.
Maureen Njoki, David’s mother, had left the nation in November last year for Saudi Arabia in pursuit of greener pastures, leaving David and his 6-year-old brother Peter in Njeri’s care.
Njoki got the heartbreaking news of her son’s gruesome murder only four months after she left, sparking fury among Kenyans who demanded that the DCI bring the perpetrator to justice by trending the Justice for baby David hash tag on social media platforms.
The joint team of detectives conducted thorough investigations into the incident, and the suspects were traced to their hiding in a remote settlement in Kajiado county, as they urgently attempted to cross the Kenyan border into Tanzania.
Further forensic analysis conducted at the couple’s house in Kwa Maji area within Mowlem, in Kamukunji sub-county, revealed that the baby was killed in the house before his body was dumped at Mama Lucy Kibaki’s hospital mortuary.
Upon realizing the gravity of their actions, the murderous couple had desperately attempted to seek medication at local chemists but the little angel was long gone.
Baby David’s body had severe burns on both hands, legs and buttocks. It also had recent injuries on the neck, back, and face, indicating the extent of the torture that led to his terrible death.
The security agents also discovered a whip that had been used to assault the deceased’s elder brother, who had been beaten irrationally and threatened with grave repercussions if he told anybody what had happened to his brother.
The two suspects are being transported to Nairobi, where they will be charged with murder.
Meanwhile, investigators from the DCI National Forensic Laboratory’s biology division, as well as their crime scene counterparts, will visit the couple’s home for more DNA analysis of the scene and to gather more scientific evidence to build a strong case against the suspects.