Ghana police are looking for a ritualist who buried a special-needs youngster alive

Kweku Baah, a ritualist who buried a two-year-old boy with special needs alive in Dutch-Komenda, is being sought by the Central Regional Police Command.


The boy’s parents, as well as the boy’s grandfather, who is 70 years old, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring with the ritualist to commit the crime.


According to Inspector Evans Ettie, Deputy Public Relations Officer for the Central Regional Police Command, early investigations revealed that the boy’s parents sought the help of a spiritualist to get rid of the child due to his handicap.


“The Elmina District Police Command received a call that a male youngster of about 2 years, presumed to be a child with special needs, had been buried alive at the Dutch-Komenda coasts, and upon receipt of the report, the police proceeded to the crime scene.”


The boy was rescued with the help of Hon. Cosmos Bassaw, the electoral area’s Assembly Member, and the youth.”


“According to preliminary findings, the parents sought the help of a ritualist at Dutch-Komenda to get rid of the child due to the boy’s disability.”


“The boy’s parents, a 29-year-old mother, a 37-year-old father, and a 70-year-old grandfather, have been detained and are in police custody.”


He said the youngster, who survived, was taken to Kissi Health Center and treated before being released.


Efforts are being made, however, to apprehend the ritualist who is on the run.


The Inspector warned parents of special-needs children not to ignore them or consider abandoning them because they can receive assistance from the social welfare system.


“The Police would want to take this occasion to remind parents of special needs children that there are governmental institutions such as the Social Welfare Department and others who may assist them rather than turning to ritualists.”


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