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Man fatally beats his 12-year-old child with a belt because he didn’t show up to class

By Mason White 10:10 AM March 21, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
A man was arrested and charged with murder after he fatally beat his own son, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos State Police said that 39-year-old Emmanuel Edet has been arraigned in court for allegedly beating 12-year-old Samuel Edet to death.

Prosecutors told the court that Emmanuel hit Samuel with a belt. According to a police investigation, the father became angry at his son because he didn’t show up to his construction class.

Samuel’s teacher told Emmanuel that he spotted his son spending his days at the beach. As punishment, the father began lashing his son with the belt, while his pregnant mother reportedly closed the door to prevent him from escaping.

Police told the court that the boy fell, hit his head against the floor and died before he could receive medical attention. The mother, who is 6 months pregnant, was not charged, while the father was charged with one count of murder.