A two-year-old toddler from Wichita, Kansas, was brought into the emergency room by his mother after the child became unresponsive. When the mother came home, she found her boyfriend giving her child CPR, saying the child has choked and couldn’t breathe.
The mother’s boyfriend, 36-year-old Matthew Gallagher, failed to tell the woman that the reason the child couldn’t breathe, is because he had shoved a 2-inch baby octopus into the boy’s throat.
Doctors were able to pull out the small octopus, much to everyone’s surprise. They also found that the child had several face injuries.
“I teach a lot of swim lessons with a lot of kids, shocking how someone could do that to [a] kid it’s just strange the situation,” neighbor Mitchell Wagner told KAKE.
Gallagher was arrested on suspicion of child abuse and was later released. Police said he was home alone with the boy while the mother was at work.
A similar incident occurred in February 2015 when a Slidell, Louisiana, couple was charged with cruelty to a juvenile after allegedly pouring beer down a 1-year-old boy’s throat and then slapping the child when he vomited, WGNO reported.
Brett Flower, the 24-year-old boyfriend of the child’s mother, was found to have poured beer down the baby’s throat on several occasions. When the boy would choke or vomit the alcohol up, his mother — 23-year-old Krysten Verdin — would slap the boy on the back of the head, causing him to fall.
A complaint was filed against the couple after the boy’s grandfather noticed signs of abuse and contacted police.