The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has given instructions for an inquest to be launched into the death of 2-year-old Kimani Francis.
Loop News understands that the decision was taken after it was ruled based on a file submitted by investigators, that no criminal charges will be laid against anyone involved in the matter. Initial reports had indicated however that investigators were building a case against an individual based on ‘manslaughter by negligence.’
Little Kimani’s body was found in the Guapo river some 24 hours after he wandered away from his Point Forin home on May 9. Kimani’s mother told investigators that she left him in the living room of their home in the company of his cousins while she was attending to a video call. She said he managed to slip out without being observed and it was not until police officers visited her home that she noticed he was missing.
A neighbour reported to officers that she saw the child walking on the road and contacted the police before chasing after him. However, she said she was unable to reach up to the child and lost sight of him.
The neighbour subsequently had to vacate her home following threats from villagers who blamed her for the child’s death.
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