Not news in the U.S. the brutal crime took place. Ali-Mohamed Mohamud found guilty of beating stepson to death with rolling pin | Mail Online.
Ali-Mohamed Mohamud was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder for beating to death his 10-year-old stepson.
Homicide detectives and prosecutors in Buffalo, New York, said the case was one of the worst they had ever seen.
After duct-taping a sock in the boy’s mouth and binding his hands with electrical cord, the stepfather savagely beat the boy so bad he separated the his head from the spinal cord, crushing the back of his head and exposing his brain, according to court testimony.
An autopsy found he had been struck 70 times.
It was almost a year before his death that police were called to the house by the frightened ten-year-old, who told them he was being abused, calling back shortly after to tell them to hurry.
Officers reported they did not see any physical signs of abuse on the child when they arrived on April 18, 2011, though they did not ask him to take his clothes off for a closer examination.
According to the Buffalo News, Mohamud downplayed the boy’s claims of abuse by saying he and his stepson were at odds over him doing homework.
School administrators and teachers said that Abdifatah was a good student who always submitted his homework on time. Two essays he wrote revealed he won awards for his work and was at one stage a top student in his class. He also said his teacher Miss Poole was his hero.
Mohamud is married to the boy’s mother, Shukri, and both have children from previous relationships totaling six children, according to the Buffalo News.
Principal at International Preparatory School, where the ten-year-old was a fifth-grade student, said there were troubling warning signs, but the family did a good job of covering it up.
Or the Islamic school that teaches the Koran ignored the obvious.
Kathy Jamil said in June 2011 he came to school badly beaten up with a swollen forehead and two swollen, black eyes. His father told his teacher he had been in a fight on the bus with another boy.
He had that day been ‘horsing around’ with another student but no one actually witnessed the alleged fight.
Principal Jamil said: ‘It was very suspicious. But because the student had admitted to wrestling with him and pushing him, it was very possible that he had just got hit the wrong way on the window.
‘I tried to stress in him that he would be safe with me, and he said, “I just had a fight on the bus.”CPS officials were also said to have investigated after the boy showed up severely bruised at school but never saw fit to remove him from the home.
Principal Jamil also revealed to WIVB 4 that Abdifatah would say alarming things like: ‘I’m going to get killed, I’m going to be in so much trouble’, but then would follow it by laughing so no one was really sure if he was telling the truth.
The cops were likely scared to do anything for fear of being labeled Islamophobic and the Islamic school kept it within their community.