The Suhum Police Command has arrested Yaw Dogah, the 50-year-old man who allegedly hacked his eight-year-old daughter with a machete at Asuboi-Wawase in the Ayensuano District of Eastern Region.
Mr Dogah severely inflicted cutlass wounds on his daughter for crushing palm nuts.
Information gathered by Class FM’s McAnthony Dagyenga indicated that the child and a friend of hers were crushing the nuts to savour when her father, who had come from the farm, and was not happy at what they were doing, chased and threw the cutlass at her.
Mr Dogah, after committing the crime, fled the area.
The Suhum Municipal Police command declared him wanted and the victim is currently on admission at the Suhum Government Hospital.
According to the girl’s aunt, Comfort Dogah, she returned from a voyage on Saturday night and realised the cut on the girl the next day (Sunday).
Comfort Dogah said she enquired from the child what was wrong with her but she lied claiming she fell and sustained the injury.
“Her father and stepmother insult people incessantly, and, so, I never want to get involved in their affairs.
“It was the girl’s grandmother who informed me that her father hit her with the cutlass on Saturday. ”The man is sane in mind; he only drinks alcohol…he is negatively being influenced by his wife (the girl’s stepmother) to maltreat the poor child because she doesn’t have any child of her own,” the aunt said.
When interviewed, the victim said she never offended her dad but that: “I was crushing palm nuts with my mates when he came threatening to beat us.”
“He got hold of my friend and beat her while I bolted; while I was running, he threw the cutlass to hit me,” the eight-year-old narrated.
The Suhum Police Commander, Superintendent Yahaya Muchiraru, who led a team to rescue the child and sent her to the hospital, said they were still investigating the matter while vigorously searching for Yaw Dogah.