A Nakuru court has allowed the police to collect DNA samples from two couples who are claiming to be parents to a two-month-old baby.

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A couple from Busia had been arrested on allegations that they stole a baby from a couple in Nakuru town.

Nakuru Principal Magistrate Bernard Mararo allowed the police to collect samples from both couples to determine who the real parent of the baby is.

During the case hearing on Tuesday, Nakuru West detective, Constable Eric Kipngeno Chirchir filed an application seeking more time to investigate the matter.

Constable Chirchir further asked the court to detain one of the women accused of allegedly stealing the baby as they investigate if she is involved in child trafficking.

“I request the court to grant us 14 days to hold the suspect at Kaptembwa Police Station so we can conduct the DNA test before preferring charges,” said Chirchir as quoted by nation.co.ke.

Magistrate Mararo, however, dismissed the constable’s request and directed that the woman be released on a personal bond of Sh400,000 with a surety of the same amount.

The Magistrate also directed that the two women be granted supervised access to the child who is at a Nakuru children’s home.

The couple from Nakuru had left their baby with a neighbour at Rhonda Estate, Nakuru on July 1 as the mother left for the market only to return to find the baby missing.

After reporting the matter to the police, a couple in Teso South, Busia were arrested after they were found with the baby whom they claimed was theirs.

The case will be mentioned on August 27.