A four-year-old girl in the Goaso District of the Ahafo Region is unable to eat solid foods as a result of serious burns she suffered in her mouth.
Reports indicate this was after she was forced by her stepmother to ingest medication laced with acid.
She now salivates without ceasing as a result of the damage caused to her mouth by the acid, which, according to her grandfather, thankfully did not enter her stomach.
Prior to the acid attack, the same woman had sealed the ears of the little girl with superglue.
She had to be rushed to the Goaso Government Hospital for emergency intervention.
After committing the atrocities, the girl’s stepmother fled the area and though the police confessed to knowing her whereabouts, they admitted they could not arrest her because she had connections with some powerful politicians, the little girl’s grandfather Nii Okai Lamptey narrated.
Mr Lamptey said the incident happened last year after the girl’s biological mother, who had separated from her daughter’s biological father, decided to ship the child to her estranged partner at Nkrankrom in the Goaso District because she could no longer shoulder the financial burden of taking care of the little girl all by herself.
At Nkrankrom, they discovered that the girl’s father had remarried and given birth to another child with a different woman – who became a stepmother to the four-year-old girl.
“We were later informed that the stepmother had poured superglue into her ears and later acid into her medicine”, the grandfather narrated.
But he said after a young man helped him to arrest the woman and subsequently took her to the police station, the stationmaster “told me in the face, after the stepmother was handed over to them, that they knew the whereabouts of the lady but could not have her arrested” due to her political connections.
The stepmother was later arraigned and granted bail but nothing more has been heard of the matter, the grandfather bemoaned.