Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Man dies in hospital after fall

A young US boy kept his father alive for more than a week after the man fell in their home and became unresponsive

A man whose son kept him him alive for more than a week after a fall has died in hospital.

The 10-year-old cared for his father after the man slipped and hit his head in their home in Nebraska.

It was not until the boy's school called authorities that his father was taken to the hospital where he died.

The boy, Peter Asumani, told a police officer that he could not communicate with his father but that he fed and gave him liquids.

The officer went to the family's home on Friday after the boy's headteacher called police to report he had not been in school for four days, Lincoln police spokeswoman Katie Flood said.

She said it was not clear if the boy knew how to call the emergency services or whether he tried to contact a neighbour or anyone else for help.

Only the boy and his father lived in the Lincoln home, according to court documents.

The boy's father, 45-year-old Bienvenu Asumani, died on Sunday, according to a petition filed in juvenile court by Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Dan Zieg. The petition said the boy's mother could not be found and that he was now in foster care.

The father was breathing and his eyes were open but he did not respond to any questions, according to the police investigator, Cynthia Koenig-Warnke. He was taken to Bryan Medical Centre West hospital while his son was placed in state custody.

The boy told Ms Koenig-Warnke that he had relatives in Arizona and his mother was in Africa, though she could not be located, according to court documents. Nebraska Health and Human Services Department spokesman Russ Reno confirmed the boy was in state custody.

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