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'Miracle baby' charges in Kenya
Some of the children seized from Archbishop Deya's house
Children's charities fear a child-trafficking operation
Police in Kenya have charged five people with stealing babies, in a case centring on an alleged child-smuggling network between Kenya and Britain.

More than 20 children - some only a few weeks old - have been taken into protective custody by the authorities.

One of those charged is the wife of controversial UK-based evangelist, Gilbert Deya, who is denying involvement in child trafficking.

She had previously claimed some of the children are her own.

Gilbert Deya's London-based organisation says previously infertile couples are able to conceive thanks to miracles inspired by prayer.

Two British citizens - of Nigerian and Ugandan origin - and a Kenyan couple who claim to have given birth to 11 children after prayers by the Deyas have also been charged.

DNA

Kenya's media reported that DNA tests conducted by police on the 11 children showed no biological link to the women who said she had given birth to them - Eddah Odera.

DNA tests on 10 children which the wife of Gilbert Deya claimed to have borne have not yet been released.

The children who were seized earlier this month from the Odera and Deya homes are aged between five weeks and 11 years.

They will stay in protective custody until the DNA results reveal the identities of their parents.

Several parents have come forward saying their children are missing

Two private clinics in Nairobi, where some of the "miracle babies" were said to have been delivered, have been shut down for operating without licences.




SEE ALSO:
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