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Jordanian Man Charged with Manslaughter in Electrocution of His Son - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Amman- A security source said that a Jordanian citizen has killed his 13-year-old son on Monday by giving him electric shocks as a form of discipline in a neighborhood in Amman.

A source told Asharq Al-Awsat that the 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital in the region of Sahab, and doctors in charge pronounced him dead on arrival. His father first said he accidentally electrocuted himself while he was playing.

The source added that after suspecting a criminal act, an inspection team was formed to investigate it. During the questioning procedures, the father confessed to killing his son while giving him electric shocks as a form of discipline. The father also confessed to regularly electrocuting his son as a form of discipline, but this time, the young boy died under the intensity of the shocks.

In other details on the crime, the source said the father tied up his son and gave him electric shocks; yet the clinical tests on the boy’s body showed traces of wires on his hands, and signs of electrocution on different parts of the body.

For his part, Brigadier Saleh al-Wakihan said that criminal investigations proved that a crime was committed.

He added that the father confessed to his act and that he tied his son’s hands and legs with wires and plastic strips. He wrapped his son’s hands and feet with electrical wires, and shocked him until he went into a coma.

He then took him to the hospital where they told him that he died.

The brigadier explained that the body was transferred to forensics and the father was transferred to the general prosecutor of the criminal court to complete the necessary investigations.

Eyewitnesses in the area reported that the child memorized the Holy Qur’an, and has no problems with his schoolmates. So far, the reasons that pushed the father to commit the crime are still unknown.