A childless 21-year-old woman identified as Ms Purity Kiritu, who
faked a pregnancy with a balloon under her clothes by pretending to be
in labour, was arrested on Wednesday night by police officers at Othaya
District Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya
the woman who lives in Dandora Estate with her husband, a boda boda
rider, had travelled to Kiriaini in Murang’4 days ago and reportedly
told her mother-in-law, Ms Josephine Wairimu that she was in labour and
requested to be taken to hospital at about 7:30pm.
preparation for delivery, but a nurse, who was to take Ms Kiritu to the
delivery room, noticed something unusual with the ‘pregnancy’ and on checking, she was shocked to find a red, inflated balloon.
called the police who arrested the woman and took the balloon as an
the woman could have been plotting to steal a baby from the hospital or
seeking a referral to Pumwani Hospital in Nairobi, adding that the
incident was a common tactic used by people who steal babies.
undergoes a mental exam. She was remanded in custody until September 2.