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Parents cut 10-year-old boy’s fingers after accusing him of stealing meat

By Mason White 2:43 PM March 3, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
A child suffered cruel and unusual punishment at the hands of his parents.

The mother and father of Ghana, cut the fingers of their son as punishment for stealing coins and a portion of meat from a soup.

Morrison Adenkor and Angelina Adeti, were found guilty of causing harm and abetment of crime, and were sentenced to 6 months in prison. The couple is accused of cutting all 10 of their son’s fingers, which left his fingers dripping blood.

The couple lives in MacCathy Hills, Accra, with their children including the victim. Prosecutors told the court that Adeti confronted and accused the victim of stealing pieces of meat and some coins.

When the boy denied doing so, he was accused of lying. His parents told him that if he would not tell the truth they will teach him a lesson.

When the child kept denying the allegations, his father cut the tips of all his fingers with a knife, while his mother watched. Judge Ellen Vivian Amoah said that the court would not sit on the sidelines while the rights of children were trampled upon.

“What kind of parent does these kinds of things to a 10-year-old boy who looks up to them?” The judge said. “What could enter the mind of a parent to cut open all 10 fingers of their child with the consent the mother?” The court added.

“We have to keep in mind the rights and obligations for the most vulnerable members of our society, namely children,” the judge said as he sentenced the parents to six months in prison.