SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A cab ride confession leads to accusations of child abuse.
Springfield Police say 36-year-old, Dahu Joseph Junior kicked a young child in the ribs with such force it put the child in the hospital.
Tonight, he’s still out on the streets.
Police say if it wasn’t for the confession of a taxi passenger and a quick-thinking driver, Dahu Joseph Junior may have escaped facing charges.
“He’s wanted on assault and battery on a child with intent to do injury,” says Police Sgt. John Delaney.
That child, only 6-years-old according to police.
Police say his attacker Joseph, was at that time living in the same home.
“He was an acquaintance of the six year old’s mom,” explains Delaney.
Police say January 6, a cab was called to the home to take someone to the hospital.
That person was the 6-year-old boy who somehow had been injured.
Delaney says, “There was a conversation in the back of the cab that the driver was listening to…”
The one telling the story was the young victim’s sister. Police say the cab driver noticed she had a black eye.
“They talked about Mr. Joseph kicking the 6 year old in the ribs because he asked for something to drink,” Delaney goes on to say.
Arriving at the ER a closer examination revealed the kick to the ribs not only broke them but also lacerated the child’s spleen.
Police say the cab driver told nurses the conversation he heard in the back of the cab.
Something the police say was the right thing to do.
Springfield Police are now looking for Joseph, they say he’s fled the house he was living in. They also say he may be in Forest Park and has been arrested before on drug charges.
If you see Dahu Joseph Junior, call 9-1-1 or you can send police an anonymous tip.
Just text it to CRIMES or 2-7-4-6-3-7 and in the message type SOLVE and your tip.