Gone are the old-Liberia, days where young children were purposely being neglected by their fathers’ failures.
According to FPA, an 11-year-old girl named, Robertlyn Poopeh did not look bothered to see her father handcuffed and escorted to the Monrovia Central Prison on Wednesday for allegedly failing to support her education.
Robertlyn, who is a student of St. Theresa Convent in Monrovia, gladly served father, Poopeh for his failure to provide for her as her daddy.
According to FPA, her mother, Youku Morris was not aware of her daughter’s decision until she was asked to appear in court on Tuesday, October 23rd.
The minor reportedly stood in court to testify against her father.
“My mother said she doesn’t have money, every time we call him he doesn’t come so we brought him to court so the court must compel him to help my mother,” she explained.
Youku reportedly told the court that since 2015 her ex-fiancé has refused to support their daughter in spite of numerous promises.
Youku said the Ministry of Gender, Women, and Children Protection Section of Liberia National Police have records to prove that he has defaulted on his commitment to their daughter.
The case is not strange to the Monrovia City Court as the previous judge in 2015 ruled that he pay L$2000 and a half bag of rice monthly.
“Each time I called him for the girl’s support, his answer is ‘I don’t have money’, and I can’t compel him.” told the court.
Youku told FPA that in 2017 Poopeh came along with family members to beg that the case be taken out of the court for settlement, which she did.
According to her, early August this year, her daughter was informed about her remaining fees on campus, and she (Robertlyn) decided to inform him (Poopeh) but he said he had no money.
Robertlyn, according to her mother, she was put out of school, so she decided to serve her father unknown to her (Youku).
FPA added that at the court, Robertlyn said her continuous appearance at the court was to urge them to take her case seriously.
“My education comes first and my mother is selling cold water for us to survive, my father has refused to help us, so the court must take action.”
Refuting the claims against him, Poopeh told the judge that he had receipts of his support to the child, but when it was requested, he brought in 2015 receipts, something that the judge said was not timely for the complaint.
As a responsible man, it is your responsibility to make sure your children needs are met. If you cannot provide for kids, start protecting yourself during sexual practices. I hope that other kids who may find themselves in a similar situation can also follow this young girl’s example. I’ve never been so proud. Good job, baby girl. you did a fine job. This will serve him right.
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