DA condemns alleged murder of a five-year-old boy by his father

The DA calls on a thorough investigation into the alleged murder of a young boy at the hands of his own father.

A five-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his father in Chrisville last week. This follows the father’s release from prison after a case that was opened against him for beating the boy, was withdrawn.

News reports reveal that the father slammed his young son into a wall and kicked him. It was also reported that the boy allegedly died of internal bleeding after the assault. DA Ward Councillor, Rashieda Landis, had been trying to assist the boy, previously having taken him to the police station herself after a beating.

Owing to the reported ongoing abuse, along with Councillor Landis, the boy’s paternal aunt opened a case against the father, for which the father was arrested six months ago. Three months later, the father was released after the boy’s aunt withdrew the case against him.

It is difficult to understand what would have led to the court’s decision for the charges to be dropped or why there was little or no further investigation. At the very least, there should have been an intervention by a social worker. It is the duty of the state to protect children as they cannot yet protect themselves.

I am deeply disappointed in the failings of our justice system, without which we may have prevented the loss of this little boy’s life.