A man died by suicide after he tried to kill in vain his four children in Homabay.
Authorities said the children are hospitalized in critical condition after they were allegedly poisoned and stabbed by their father before he died by suicide inside their rental house in Nyagoro trading center, East Kochia Location, Homa Bay county.
The minors, aged between 3 and 9 years, were seriously wounded by their father identified as Ronnie Ochieng’ on Tuesday evening over alleged domestic differences with his wife.
Police said preliminary findings had shown he stabbed the children in the stomach using a kitchen knife after he allegedly tried to poison them with Triatix which is used in controlling ticks in livestock.
Police who visited the scene found an empty bottle of a pesticide which they believed was used by the deceased to take away his life after poisoning his children before stabbing them using a kitchen knife.
The man locked himself at his rental house with the four children where he poisoned and stabbed them before committing suicide by consuming the pesticide.
Homabay police boss Samson Kine said two of the children were stabbed and two poisoned but they survived.
Kine said they were informed the man had constant wrangles with his wife which prompted her to report the matter to local administrators.
And when the wife returned home, she found her husband locked inside the house and upon pushing the door she found the children lying in a pool of blood and her husband was already dead.
Locals rushed the children to Janeiro Private hospital where they were later transferred to the Homa Bay county referral hospital in critical condition.