Police have said three suspects arrested in connection to the murder of an 18-month-old baby in Kiwatule, Kampala are sane and will be arraigned in court to stand trial.
Police say the suspects who include Harriet Nakalema, the mother to the deceased, Herbert Murungi and Annet Mwagala were subjected to tests to determine their mental status and they were found fit to the charges against them.
“We now confirm that they did this when they were normal and their mental status was okay.
So far we are done with most of our investigation. Our file is ready now nd we’re going to submit to state attorney for perusal and advice. If all goes well, they will appear in court before end of next week,” Deputy Police spokesperson Mr Patrick Onyango told NTV last evening.
Police also took some evidence from the scene to Government Analytical Laboratory.
It is alleged that the girl identified as Vivian Nalunga was killed on October 29, 2018 by her mother with the help of a housemate, 42.
After committing the heinous act, the two women reportedly rushed the deceased to Mulago Causality Hospital where the doctors confirmed the baby had died due excessive bleeding.
The autopsy report raised questions regarding the cause of Nalunga’s injuries and eventual death.
The autopsy indicated that the baby’s body was found with missing private parts, uterus and intestines. The suspicious doctors then alerted police which arrested the two women.
When the house was searched, detectives recovered intestines, suspected to belong to the deceased, fitted into the kitchen sink, a bucket and clothes soaked with blood.
However, her private parts and uterus were also missing.
When asked what had happened to the little girl, the mother reportedly told police that it was the devil that had cut her daughter into pieces.
However, the suspect later reportedly apologised to her neighbours and police detectives revealing that she had been assisted by her housemate was at that time on the run.
Detectives were able to track down and arrest the alleged accomplice and her mother, 68.
During interrogation, the said accomplice reportedly told detectives that the girl’s mother had been paid by their sister (accomplice’s sister) who lives in Canada to send her fresh body parts of a baby for ritual purposes.
She reportedly told police that they used a pair of scissors to chop off the girl’s body parts.
The three female suspects are currently detained at Kira Road Police Station on charges of murder contrary to section 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act.