Kukunda reportedly locked the child inside a house and used several objects to torture the boy for reasons the neighbours could not readily establish.
Locals and police entered the house and found a boy whose skin was full of scars and fresh wounds. Released images by police show the boy has seemingly been starving for several days.
“The neighbours got concerned and tried to approach her but she locked herself in her room. When police reached the scene, the neighbours had become violent, police officers had to carry out community policing to cool down the tempers of the residents,” said Onyango.
Police have preferred charges of torture pending advice from the resident state attorney. It is not yet clear how Kukunda got the boy from his real parents. Police have also embarked on trying to trace for the actual parents of the boy so that he can be reunited with his biological family.
Three days ago, Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) released statistics of June to September this year showing 32 children have been killed by parents, relatives while others were burnt to death or died due to parental negligence. CID registered 1634 cases of child torture in 2018 which was an increase by 234 cases compared with 1391 recorded in 2017.
Thirteen children were murdered, five died of negligence, two died in acts of arson and one was kidnapped and murder after parents failed to raise the asked ransom.