10-Year-Old Boy Keeps Dying Father Alive for a Week & Doesn't Ask for Help

Lincoln NebraskaWhen 10-year-old Peter Asumani's father slipped and fell on a wet floor in their Lincoln, Nebraska, home, he took care of him as best he could, giving him liquids and trying to keep him comfortable. For 10 days this went on, while the boy cared for him. All alone.

It wasn't until his school alerted authorities to the boy's absence that anyone knew what was going on. When an investigator arrived at the home, they found 45-year-old Bienvenu Asumani alive but unresponsive. He was taken the hospital Sunday where he later died.

It's heart wrenching to think of how much better this could have all ended if only the boy called 911, or asked a neighbor for help, or anything. But authorities don't believe he did. So of course, there's the big question -- why didn't he?

I'm from Lincoln, Nebraska, and people there are nicer than any I've ever met. If only he'd stepped outside his door and asked, someone would have helped. I'm sure in most communities, anyone would have. But we don't know why he didn't. Maybe there was a language barrier; maybe he was scared; maybe he didn't know how to call 911. I don't know, and it feels like there are pieces of this story missing. I try to think of my 9-year-old son being in a similar situation, and I can't fathom it.

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But the thought of this boy trying to care for his father all alone breaks my heart no matter why it happened. And thank goodness the school called, because the thought of him dying there alone with his son would just be unbearable.

According to the Associated Press, the boy has been put into state custody. An affidavit states that the boy told authorities he has relatives in Arizona and that his mother is in Africa. So there he is all alone.

Hopefully more facts will be forthcoming that shed light on how something like this could happen. While it certainly won't change things, it could potentially help prevent them from happening again.

Why do you think this boy wouldn't call for help?

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Vegeta Vegeta

He may have thought if he called 911, they would take his father away and being a sole guardian they might place him somewhere not with his father. Or his father may have told him not to. No insurance perhaps?

Heather Feldmann-Thompson

I'm really surprised it took the Lincoln Public School system 10 days. I live in Omaha (Papillion/Lavista) and if you haven't contacted the school by 9:30 am they try to reach you and if unsuccessful they contact the authorities. Crazy I know but in this case maybe would have made a difference.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I'm confused. How did the dad die after falling on the floor?

Corri Bischer

I am with you, by 930am someone is calling from my daughter's school! I am, "gee whiz, we are running alittle late, gimme a break!" I guess I should appreciate that.  Poor baby, I don't know why he didn't and now he has to live with the "what if's" for the rest of his life. I pray that he eventually gets understanding that he did the best thing he knew to do at the time.  I speak peace to his spirit and his remembrance of the love of his father carries him to live the best life that God has planned for him.

Julia Chandler

Probably running from some horrible fate in Africa and didn't want to go back. Now the poor kid gets to experience America's foster care program. Not sure which is worse.

kendyd kendyd

Poor kid. Wish we knew more to the story like why he and his father live in nebraska and his mother is in africa.

aiden... aidens_mama06

Sounds like they might not be legal or like someone else said his father might have told him not to. My son's school is calling by 9:30 also which is 35 minutes after school starts. I hope in this case though that his family in Arizona will be allowed to care for him.

Brandy Smithson

here in ohio as well as indiana as soon as attendance is taken if your child isnt in school they call, im not sure if they call cops if they cant reach you im sure they probably do, but i feel so bad for this little boy, not only is he in foster care now but he will forever feel guilty about his fathers death one for not getting help even if he was told not to and two because he tried everything he could (without help) to care for his father and his father still passed. he will forever feel like a failure, thaat his best wasnt good enough, especially once ppl start slipping up around saying this like if only he called or asked for help this poor childs childhood is forever altered and not in a good way. so sorry for his loss, and for his aloneness


lasombrs lasombrs

perhaps the child was special needs? My son could probably get drinks etc, but to correctly dial request help, stay on the phone etc etc may have been more then he can do.  or perhaps they dont have a phone?

Laith... Laitheledh

In response to fleurdelys3110  any number of reasons. He could have broken a bone and got an infection, he could have hit his head and slipped into a deep coma after a couple days, he could have had an underlying medical condition that caused his body to shut down. (My husband has a similar condition, where his body will "reset" if he gets overly stressed or he falls or anything, he starts having seizures and blacks out and sometimes he will lose consiousness) It really is a heartbreaking story! This boy may have done the best he thought he could, but unfortunately he has to live with his dad's death the rest of his life, and will probably blame himself. I hope where ever he ends up he is able to get the counseling he needs to overcome this stressful situation.

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