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Mother, uncle accused of abusing Salt Lake City teen

Mother, uncle accused of abusing Salt Lake City teen

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Oct. 14, 2010 at 11:54 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — The mother and uncle of a 16-year-old boy were arrested for investigation of child abuse after police say they strangled the boy for coming home late from school.

Daunibu Lotaki and Litia Lotaki
Daunibu Lotaki and Litia Lotaki

Daunibu Lotaki, 53, the boy's uncle, and Litia Lotaki, 49, the boy's mother, both of Salt Lake City, were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of child abuse with intent.

The mother, "wanted her son punished for returning home late from school," according to jail records. Daunibu agreed and pushed the boy against a wall, slapped him and strangled him, jail records state.

"The victim had strangulation marks on his neck and a large lump on the right side of his head," according to jail documents.

The boy told police he nearly lost consciousness and had a severe headache from the head injury.

Pat Reavy

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