A one and a half-year-old boy, identified as Lean Murerwa, has lost his life after he was allegedly sexually abused by his father, Derrick Muchiri from Magutuni village in Maara Sub County, Tharaka-Nithi County.

Confirming the disturbing incident, County Commissioner Beverly Opwora said the boy was confirmed dead on arrival at the Magutuni Sub-County hospital where the mother and her 25-year-old husband had rushed him on Monday.

While addressing journalists in her office in Chuka town on Wednesday, Ms Opwora said upon investigations, medics discovered that the boy had serious injuries on the anus.

“The hospital called the police after noticing the injuries on the child and upon interrogation, the officers suspected the father to be the main culprit,” said commissioner Opwora.

She said the suspect, a suspected drug addict, was helping police with investigations and that he would be arraigned in court soon.

Ms Opwora noted that incidences of defilement and other forms of child abuse were on the rise in the region and blamed drug abuse and illicit brew consumption.

The county commissioner said security officers in the region had intensified a crackdown and in the last two months had arrested 147 drug peddlers and brewers and recovered more than 10,000 litres of illicit brew.