A woman who was convinced that her son was possessed with demons, has killed him during a shocking session of exorcism.
A Kenyan woman has been arrested after allegedly killing her six-month son by ripping out his tongue and intestines in an exorcism attempt gone wrong.
Irene Mbithe was pictured sitting with the baby’s corpse on her lap, wrapped up in a sheet, in front of her house in Kangurue slum, Nairobi, where the tragedy occurred.
Residents raised alarm and called police after Irene’s aunt, Catherine Muthama, arrived at the house and saw the gruesome scene.
‘When I arrived I was surprised to see the mother having pulled out the tongue of the baby and I screamed at her asking why she had killed him,’ she said on K24 television.
Police took Mbithe for questioning at the Kayole Police station while the body of the baby was taken to the mortuary
It is believed that the woman cut out her son’s tongue and scooped out his intestines in an attempt to ‘free him’ from the demons. Neighbours said the exorcism lasted all night.
The mother, who looked remorseful yet confused, said she meant no harm to him: ‘God punish me if I have done anything wrong to my son who I love so much and have prayed for years to conceive and give birth to.’
Police took Mbithe for questioning at the Kayole Police station while the body of the baby was taken to the mortuary.