Adenta ‘Wicked’ Parents Referred To Psychologist

The Madina Branch of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) has referred parents of the three children who were kept indoors for eight years to a clinical psychologist for examination before prosecution commences.

ASP Christine Srofenyoh, commander in charge of the Madina DOVVSU said the suspects, Fledge Mensah Lartey, and Jane Mensah Lartey, would have to be examined thoroughly by a psychologist to verify if they are not mentally deranged before prosecution can continue.

The children Isaiah Mensah , 8, Isaac Mensah, 6 and Isaana Mensah, 2, were rescued on Friday afternoon by the police upon a tip off that they were being quarantined by the parents for the past eight years.

She said the parents would be freed if it is established that they have mental problems, but if they are not mentally deranged, the police would prosecute them in the law courts.

Police personnel who stormed the couple’s Adenta residence to rescue the children last Friday had to scale the wall into the compound of their three bedroom apartment before getting access to the children.

They were consequently sent to a shelter home while the parents were still on detention.

ASP Srofenyoh told DAILY GUIDE yesterday that the children were currently doing well in the shelter home and had easily mingled with other children.

The children, according to the police, were kept under serious insanitary conditions in their house by the parents before they were rescued last Friday.

They were also prevented from attending school and any social gathering by the couple since birth.

The three, two girls and a boy, only shared their space and time with livestock such as ducks, fowls and sheep.

Extended family members were also not allowed to see the children.

Some extended family members who came to the station upon receiving the information said they had never set eyes on the children ever since they were born.

When Isaiah Mensah, the eldest of the three was asked the reason why their parents did not allow them to go out, he said, “Daddy told us that human beings are bad, and that they will influence us negatively.”

Isaiah Mensah, who speaks fluent English, told the Police they were always taught at home by their father instead of attending school.

Fledge, who is unemployed, taught the children English and Mathematics during the day while their mother Jane, a secretary in a private establishment, taught the children lessons in shorthand and French after work.

ASP Srofenyoh said extended family members who reported at the station expressed the desire to shelter and care for the children.

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