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Ghanaian couple from New York accused of fatally beating their 5-year-old son

A New York-based Ghanaian couple accused of fatally beating their 5-year-old son were sentenced to 25 years in prison on May 1 after being found guilty of manslaughter.

According to Daily News, the sentence imposed on Valerie Owusu, 28, and Emmanuel Addae, 28, of Corona, Queens, comes after a jury convicted them of manslaughter in March. The deceased minor, King Owusu, was the son of Owusu.

Owusu was said to have burst into tears when they were sentenced. Acting Supreme Court Justice Steven Pilewski also imposed the maximum sentences on the couple, although they begged for a lesser sentence. The convicted couple also told the court that they loved their deceased child.

“The jury has spoken, but unfortunately it will not bring this young boy back,” said Raymond A. Tierney, Suffolk County District Attorney.

As previously reported by Face2Face Africa, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that Owusu and Addae physically assaulted King between March 30 and April 1, 2021, adding that they used at least four different instruments to strike the minor. The attack is said to have taken place in their apartment in Queens.

“The couple observed King’s physical condition deteriorate for approximately three days until King became unconscious,” the statement said. “During that time, neither Owusu nor Addae called 911, took King to the doctor or provided any medical care to the child.”

Authorities said Owusu and Addae took King to a relative’s home on April 1 and left the minor to die. The relative later discovered King’s body after he returned home that day, and the Suffolk County Police Department was eventually notified. The 5-year-old was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The medical examiner who performed King’s autopsy told the court that the 5-year-old “was beaten from head to toe and his injuries, which were too numerous to count, caused his death.”

“This little boy was beaten and made to suffer for days at the hands of these defendants, one of whom was his own mother, until he sadly succumbed to his severe and extensive injuries,” Tierney said in the statement.

“Thanks to the thorough investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department, the relentless pursuit of justice by the prosecutors assigned to this case, and the jury’s careful consideration of the evidence presented, the suspects have been held accountable for this heinous crime.”