Protection Or Abuse? Epileptic Boy Chained To A Tree

A five year old boy suffering from epilepsy has been chained to a tree to prevent causing harm to himself.

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A five-year-old boy allegedly suffering from epilepsy is being chained to a tree in his home at Mangotsonya near New Ningo, to prevent him from causing any harm to himself.

According to the boy’s mother Christiana Teye, chaining the boy to the tree all day is to prevent her son from harming himself.

According to an Adom FM report, the boy is chained amongst goats in the middle of the house with a padlock at his feet to ensure he does not free himself from his bonds.

The boy also has burn scars on his face, and is also forced to recite the English alphabet and count numbers despite him not being in school.

Teye who is a pastor, added that tying the boy to the tree was the only option she had to protect her son.

According to her, her son has, on several occasions, endangered his own life whenever he was caught in a seizure, adding that sometimes goes missing for days when her eyes are turned away for a minute.

“About two years ago he fell into boiling water on fire when no one was watching and burnt his face badly – and there were times when he got missing from home and he was found far away at Kpong,” she said.

 Teye said the boy went missing on one occasion and that people who found him accused him of witchcraft and beat him up, so she felt the need to keep him at home, hence the chain.

Teye and her husband have eight children but they do not have a stable income.

She said she engages in petty trading and also pastors a small church near their home, while her husband does part-time jobs as a mason.

“We have spent a lot of the little money we make on medical care for our son and now we do not have any more money to spend so chaining him to the tree was a last resort to prevent any more problems,” she said.

Teye says she is aware tying the boy to the tree is legally unacceptable but she and her husband are at their wits end.

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