Detectives in Murang’a have in their custody a woman who is believed to have killed her baby.

The 40-year-old suspect was arrested by officers in Kigetu-ini village after residents reported the incident.

According to reports, the woman hacked her one-year-old son to death using an axe before dumping his body in a pit latrine. A relative said when she met the woman, she looked disturbed and efforts to get her to speak bore no fruit, Standard Digital reports.

“I visited her house, but she was in panic. I found her wrapping something before she went out of her house,” said the relative.

She learned later that the woman was suspected to have killed her son.

“The body was later found in the toilet and the police were alerted through the area chief,” said Mary Wanjiru.

The relative said the woman had earlier threatened to terminate her pregnancy, but was advised against doing so.

Confirming the incident Murang’a East Sub-County Police Commander Alex Muasya said ongoing investigations would include a mental assessment of the infanticide suspect.

“She will be taken to court after the police complete investigations,” said Mr Muasya.