A newborn infant escaped cold-blooded murder over the weekend after elders attempted to kill her for being born out of incest.

The six-week-old baby, who was delivered on August 28 by a 15-year old standard seven pupil, was in the care of her grandmother. On Sunday, the elders stormed her home at Mavaka village in Lugari, Kakamega county demanding that she be killed.

The child’s grandfather said: “Elders convened a meeting that brought together all family members and they unanimously agreed the baby shouldn’t be part of the family.”

He revealed that the elders wanted to strangle the baby.

Their plan was, however, thwarted by Matete children’s officer Jackson Murunga who rescued the baby. He went to the home and took the baby with him, saying he would take it to an orphanage.

He also promised to offer counseling to the baby’s mother, who claimed that she was lured into a relationship by her cousin who impregnated her.

“The girl may be traumatized for the rest of her life. I will ensure she gets good counselling,” he said.

The minor said she often thought of selling her baby as “everyone was abusing and shunning me”.

Incest is considered a taboo in the area with elders believing that babies born out of incest invite bad omens to their families.