( 4UMF NEWS ) Boy Called 911 Repeatedly Before Stepdad Killed Him:
A 10-year-old Buffalo boy viciously beaten to death last week — allegedly at the hands of his stepdad — called 911 several times since 2010 to warn about the abuse, authorities revealed.
The Buffalo Police Department is investigating how officers responded to calls made by Abdifatah Mohamud in April 2011 — a year before he died after allegedly being hit 70 times with a rolling pin, according to reports.
On April 17, the boy’s stepfather, Ali Mohamad Mohamud, gagged the fifth-grader with a sock, covered his mouth with duct tape and then beat him, police said. He was arrested for second-degree murder and is awaiting a grand jury date, ABCNews.com reported Friday.
The 40-year-old security guard pleaded not guilty, although the Buffalo News reported last week that he confessed to the crime.
The newspaper reported that the two had fought over homework.
“Last week, the police commissioner opened up an internal investigation into the police involvement regarding this case, given the tragic nature of the death and the great public concern,” Buffalo PD spokesman Mike DeGeorge told ABCNews.com.
ABC affiliate WKBW reported Wednesday that Abdifatah had called 911 at least twice since last year — and several times over the past two years — about his stepfather. Although police acknowledged responding, no one was ever arrested, prompting Buffalo authorities to look at how domestic abuse calls are investigated, WKBW said.
Erie County Child Protective Services also investigated, but never ordered Abdifatah to be removed from the home, where his mother also lived, the Buffalo News reported.
“You have a 10-year-old boy tragically beaten to death, apparently at the hands of his stepdad,” DeGeorge told ABCNews.com. “There’s grief in the community, there’s sadness it the community and then there is [the question]: Could anything have been done to prevent this type of tragedy?”
Where was his mother at???
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