US-based Ghanaian couple convicted of beating 5-yr-old son to death, faces life imprisonment.

Source: Instablog 9ja

Date: April 1st 2024

Incident Overview:

A US-based Ghanaian couple has been convicted of second-degree murder in the death of their 5-year-old son who was brutally baten and left for dead on Long Island. The couple, identified as Valerie Owusu and Emmanuel Addae, were convicted on March 22, 2024 nearly three years after Owusu’s son, King, was found dead in a home in Brentwood, New York City. District Attorney Raymond Tierney in a press release said: “This little boy was beaten and suffered for days at the hands of these defendants, one of whom was his own mother, until he unfortunately succumbed to his severe and extensive injuries. According to People, prosecutors alleged Owusu and Addae beat the child with “at least four different instruments” over a three-day period in 2021.The boy’s condition deteriorated, and he eventually lost consciousness. Neither Owusu nor Addae called 911 or provided medical care for King, prosecutors said.

Authorities’ Response:

  • District attorney Raymond Tierney was brought to the scene, investigations are still being carried out and the couple who have been apprehended would face life imprisonment.

Child’s Condition and Public Reaction:

  • The 5-year-old victim, was brutally beaten, his condition deteriorated and finally he succumbed to the cold hands of death
  • The incident has garnered significant public attention, with stakeholders across various sectors calling for justice and emphasizing the importance of safeguarding children’s rights and well-being.

Conclusion: This incident highlights the critical issues surrounding child abuse, domestic violence and the need for robust mechanisms to protect vulnerable children from harm.

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