Evangelist’s wife held by police in ‘miracle baby’ case

The wife of Archbishop Gilbert Deya, the controversial British-based evangelist who claims he can make women pregnant through the power of prayer, has been arrested hours after claiming to have given birth to a boy in the latest twist in Kenya’s “miracle babies” investigation.

Mary Deya, 57, already faces child theft charges after 20 young children were recovered from her Nairobi home last year. Police believe they were destined for childless couples around the world.

Detectives want to question her husband in connection with case.

Yesterday, Archbishop Deya said the baby was proof he was able to help infertile women conceive. His wife arrived at a hospital in Nairobi on Saturday, carrying a new-born baby, a handful of blood-stained clothes and a placenta.

However, doctors said they did not believe she had given birth. James Kiarie, head of obstetrics and gynaecology at Kenyatta National Hospital, said: “I have conducted a thorough check of the birth canal and there are no signs of pregnancy or after-birth.”

Hospital staff informed police and Mrs Deya was arrested. Police believe Mr Deya is responsible for trafficking stolen or sold children around the world. He denies the claims.

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The Scotsman, UK
Sep. 12, 2005
Rob Crilly in Nairobi

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