Father dies after boy cares for him

LINCOLN, Neb. — A 10-year-old Nebraska boy cared for his father for more than a week after the man slipped and hit his head in their home, and it wasn’t until the boy’s school called authorities that his father was taken to the hospital, where he died, authorities said Monday.

The boy, Peter Asumani, told a police investigator that he couldn’t communicate with his father but that he fed and gave him liquids. The investigator went to the family’s home Friday after the boy’s principal called police to report he hadn’t been in school for four days, Lincoln police spokeswoman Katie Flood said.

Flood said it wasn’t clear if the boy knew about 911 or whether he tried to contact anyone for help.


Only the boy and his father lived in the Lincoln home, according to court documents.

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The boy told the police investogator he had relatives in Arizona.

The boy’s father, Bienvenu Asumani, 45, died Sunday, according to a petition filed Monday in juvenile court by Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Dan Zieg.

The petition said the boy’s mother couldn’t be located and that the boy was now in foster care.

Associated Press