Tortured 6-year-old seeks police help in Turkey's south
ADANA - Doğan News Agency (DHA)
DHA photoA 6-year-old boy with bruises and burns on his body sought help today at a police station in the southern province of Adana today, saying he was being tortured and starved at home.
The weeping boy, who only knew his first name "Aliş," showed up at Gaziosmanpaşa police station at around 2 a.m. today.
Police officers, surprised to see an unattended child at that time of the night, took him inside the station. Aliş told police officers that he ran away from home because he was being tortured. Police officers, shocked to hear what they were listening to, took off the boy's sweater to discover cigarette burns on his back, arms and feet. The boy also had bruises and bite marks on his back.
Officers immediately took Aliş to Ceyhan State Hospital where doctors tended to his bruises and scars. Aliş was also fed cake and fruit juice after he said he was being starved at home.
The boy was taken back to the police station after treatment. He could not provide his last name or his home address and kept muttering "my brother" in apparent shock, the report said.
Police have begun looking for the boy's family.