Monrovia – Emmanuel Brown, the father of 11 years old boy allegedly starved to death, and his wife Wannah Taplah, were returned to the Monrovia Central Prison, in police custody, pending court trial after their failure to post bail.
Both Brown and Taplah were forwarded to the Monrovia City Court on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 for manslaughter and criminal facilitation – violation of Chapter 10, section 10.2, chapter 14, subchapter A section 14.2 of the revised penal code of Liberia.
Police investigation uncovered that the deceased, Jerome Brown, was the first of defendant Emmanuel Brown’s three children by his ex-lover and had been staying with his father Emmanuel and his stepmonth Taplah up to the time of his death.
The investigation further uncovered that deceased Brown had suffered from epilepsy from birth up to his demise on February 14, 2021. While he was alive, Jerome was earlier taken to several hospitals and traditional herbalists in various parts of Liberia for treatments and possible cure.
It was further revealed that the minor, along with his two brothers, were living with their mother, Mama Cole, in Grand Bassa County but due to their father’s( Emmanuel Brown) failure to fully support them, the deceased, being their oldest son, was sent by his mother to live with his father while she attended for the other children.
Police investigation also unearthed that while the deceased was living with his father and step mother, he continued to experience the epilepsy and on one occasion he ran into the Atlantic Ocean, but was rescued by neighbors and as the result of that, defendant Brown always kept the deceased indoor without mattress or bedding whenever he (defendant) is going fishing.
The investigation added that deceased started to deteriorate in his physical appearance since he was sent to live with his father.
The father, on the other hand, did not take little Jerome to any medical facilities neither did he provide him the needed care and the stepmother being fully aware, failed to report her husband’s action to the community leadership or the Liberia National Police.
The late 11 years old Jerome was found Sunday February 14, through the efforts of concerned community dwellers with pieces of mattress and plastic removed from his throat before rushing him to MSF hospital located at Barnesville junction that pronounced him dead on arrival.