The Enchi District Court in the Western North Region has remanded into police custody, a couple who allegedly beat their four-year-old daughter to death for bedwetting at Yakasi in the Aowin District.
They are to reappear in court on January 13, 2022.
Speaking to Citi News, the Enchi Divisional Police Commander, ACP Henry Batso, said the couple is said to regularly punish the little girl for bedwetting but went overboard last Tuesday.
“The two were said to have beaten her till she fell unconscious and after a few moments of lying down motionless, the two realized they went too far and decided to rush her to Aowin Community Clinic at New Yakasi. They then attempted burying the remains of the child before an informant from the community spotted them and reported them to the police, leading to their arrest.”
“The suspects were put before the Enchi District Court and have been remanded into police custody for further investigations. They are to reappear in court on January 13.”
The suspects identified as Salome Oteku, 27, and Effah Donaldson, 34, stay at Yakasi with their daughter Francisca Etuteh, who is the stepdaughter of the male suspect (Donaldson).
The body of little Francisca, he said, has since been deposited at the Enchi Government Hospital for autopsy.
According to sources, the couple in previous attempts to stop the child from bedwetting carried her and placed her buttocks on boiling water in a bowl, which resulted in serious injuries.
The two were said to have also beaten little Francisca, resulting in the dislocation of the arm and injuries at her back, a situation which prevailed until the current punishment which led to her death.
At the hospital, the little girl was pronounced dead, and the parents took her body away, and in their attempt to bury her, they were discovered and arrested.