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Winnipeg police have charged a woman and her boyfriend with assaults that allegedly included hitting the woman’s six-year-old son with broom handles.
Police allege that over a period of months the boy was also hit with other implements and suffered broken ribs, arms and a possible broken skull.
On four occasions, he went to nearby homes or businesses and said he was lost or wanted to stay.
Officers and child welfare workers were called every time, but police say the boy never said he had been assaulted.
Insp. Bill Fogg said no injuries were apparent earlier, and the mother and boyfriend had plausible excuses for the six-year-old wandering away from home.
But on the last occasion, on Sept. 8, the boy showed up on a neighbour’s doorstep with a broken arm and asked to spend the night.
The neighbours called an ambulance, and the boy went to hospital for treatment. When interviewed by police, he admitted the abuse, said Fogg.
The Winnipeg Police Service’s child abuse unit then launched an in-depth investigation. As well, “an extensive medical examination of the boy revealed a history of horrific physical injuries indicative of repeated assaults, which had gone untreated and unreported,” police said.
The boy’s 23-year-old mother has been charged with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, uttering threats, and failing to provide the necessities of life.
Her 32-year-old boyfriend has been charged with aggravated assault, uttering threats, breaching probation, and failing to provide the necessities of life.
Both are being held in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.
The boy is out of hospital and in the care of Child and Family Services.