[ 2012-05-14 ]
Kumasi police investigate strange death of seven-year-old boy
The police in Kumasi have initiated investigations
to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death
of a seven-year-old boy who is alleged to have
hanged himself in a compound house at Asuoyeboah
The boy, Nii Armah, is said to have been found
dangling on a dressing tie tied to an orange tree
in the house at 11:00a.m. on Wednesday, May 9,
According to the police, the boy died moments
after he had been rushed to the SDA Hospital at
Kwadaso in Kumasi.
The Sofoline District Police Commander,
Superintendent Cosmos Afena Damoah, told
graphic.com.gh in Kumasi Thursday that the police
were patiently waiting for a post mortem report
from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)
before they would determine their next line of
Explaining, he said the police were gathering the
needed information on the circumstances that led
to the boy’s death.
“We are still investigating the circumstances that
led to the death of the little boy. Maybe we may
chance upon a piece of information which can prove
contrary to what we have been told,” he told
graphic.com.gh in an interview.
He said it was the deceased’s father who first
reported that his son, who had been found hanging
on a tree in their compound house, had died moment
after he had been rushed to hospital.
Supt. Damoah said the father, Nii Tagoe Teiko,
also told the police that he was in the house,
together with Nii Armah and two other children,
when he (Nii Armah) sought permission to respond
to the call of nature.
He said Nii Teiko also told the police that Nii
Armah was naked when he went to the toilet and
after some time he sent his 10-year-old son to
fetch Nii Armah for him to take his bath, only for
the son to return moments later that Nii Armah was
dangling on a tie tied to an orange tree in the
According to Supt. Damoah, when Nii Teiko, an auto
mechanic at Asuoyeboah, reported the case to the
police, he said he did not feel well when he went
to work, so he had decided to return home.
The father said on his way home, his three
children, who were with their mother around the
commercial area, accompanied him home.
Nii Teiko told the police that while he was
resting in the room, Nii Armah, who was the second
of his three children, sought permission to attend
the call of nature, only to hear that he was
hanging on a tree.
Supt Damoah said the police were putting the
pieces together to find the real cause of the
little boy’s death.
“We will meet the family very soon to agree on a
date for the post mortem,“ he said.
When they had agreed on a date, he said, the
police would then inform the pathologist for the
post mortem, whose outcome would “determine our
next line of action”.
Source - Daily Graphic
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