Parents unfazed by abuse charge, say belt beating ‘common’ in Ethiopia

By Satenaw July 11, 2017 07:57

Ellen Eldridge
 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Parents of a 6-year-old boy told Gwinnett County police that beating and leaving children indoors alone for hours is normal in Ethiopia.

Etsegenet Tekletsio and her child’s father, Belayneh Ogato, are charged with child cruelty, according to an arrest warrant.

“Actually, both parents according to the investigators were not that concerned about it,” Capt. Thom Bardugan told Channel 2 Action News. “They said in Ethiopia that is considered common practice for disciplining a child.”

A neighbor called police last week after the boy was found wandering alone on Stoneview Trail in Lilburn, Channel 2 reported.

The boy told police his parents weren’t home and he was hungry, Bardugan told the news station.

He had been left alone at least five hours while the parents went to work, the warrant states.

When officers noticed welts and bruises on the boy’s legs, they arrested the parents. They have since bonded out of jail.

By Satenaw July 11, 2017 07:57
Write a comment

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment
View comments

Write a comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Satenaw Breaking News - Your right to know!