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Samoa defends locking up 3-year-old
14 0ct. -2014 -

Samoa's police, already in strife over the death of a New Zealander in custody, are now defending themselves after locking up a three-year-old boy.

The Samoa Observer reports that the boy was locked in a police cell with his father who had been caught driving an unregistered vehicle.

The paper published a photo of the boy in the cell.

The man, who was not named by the Observer, said police had every right to detain him, he found it unacceptable that he was thrown into a police cell with his son.

"They then took me with my three-year-old son to their office at Apia at nearly twelve midday. Within minutes, we were thrown straight into the cell."

He said the officer did not pay any attention to him.

"My heart was beating that fast. My heart was melting when I looked at my son inside the cell.