Woman in fake death claim to be charged
She said her child died at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital but later admitted she needed money for family needs
A Kisumu woman who faked the death of her daughter claiming she had swallowed a Sh20 coin will be charged today after police established she lied to obtain money from an MP.
Kisumu Central police boss Peter Omwana said Emily Anyango Ochieng’ caused a stir at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital on Friday when she claimed her child had died at the hospital.
He said investigations by police revealed the child she was referring to is alive and healthy. Omwana said the woman later told doctors her only problem was to get money from Kisumu East MP Shakeel Shabbir.
Shabbir was willing to pay, but Ochieng’ retracted her statement, instead saying the child had died.
“We have her in custody and she will appear in court on Monday [today] for giving false information,” he told the Star on Saturday.
Ochieng’ claimed her eight-yearold daughter died after physicians at the facility refused to attend to her because she did not have Sh10,000 for surgery. Before that, the mother of five had gone to Shabir, asking him to help raise the amount the hospital demanded.
Hospital CEO Juliana Otieno termed the allegation false, saying they did not admit Ochieng’s child.
“I was called by Shakeel over the same matter. I told him there was no death of any child at the hospital on that day for a period of 24 hours,” she said.
Otieno said they thought Ochieng’ had some mental complications after confirming the child was alive. She said they brought in a trauma counseling nurse to talk to her for almost two hours, after which she admitted she needed the money from the MP.
Other sources say Ochieng’ said her children were hungry, as they had only taken porridge for three weeks, hence she needed some money to buy something for them.