A 55-year-old man, Osmanu Mumuni has been arrested by the Weija Division of the Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit (DOVVSU) for cutting off part of his son’s ear with a razor blade.
The boy stays with his father at Obuom-Domeabra.
According to police, they received information from the mother of the child that the suspect, who is her ex-husband had chopped off part of the boy’s ear and placed the boy’s fingers in an open fire for allegedly stealing ¢250.
Police say they met the victim in severe pains with marks of assault all over his body, took him to the Amanfrom Polyclinic and have since been released to his mother for home care.
The suspect, Mumuni Osmanu, who is currently in police custody admitted the offence but claimed the victim is stubborn.
“The Weija Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit (DOVVSU) has arrested a 55-year-old father for cutting off part of his son’s ears and also attempted to burn his fingers until the boy was rescued by some neighbours. The father suspected the boy of stealing an amount of GH¢250 hence the punishment,” DSP Effia Tenge, the PRO of the Accra Regional Police Command said.
She said “the 10-year-old boy was seen in severe pains and marks of assault all over his body was sent to the Amanfrom polyclinic for medical attention. He has since been released to his mother as police continue with investigations.”
DSP Tenge further appealed to parents and caregivers to avoid physically assaulting children in their care as a form of punishment.
She said such actions have dire consequences on the children.
“We appeal to guardians, child caregivers, and parents not to transfer their anger to the children as the harm that is usually caused leaves a lasting effect on them physically, psychologically, mentally and emotionally. We will appeal to parents to desist from abusing their children especially these times that they are home.”
Osmanu Mumuni is being processed for court.