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UPDATE: Lincoln boy tried to save dad's life

Posted: Updated: March 5, 2013 04:34 PM CST

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Health and Human Services says the community has shown outstanding compassion for the boy.

Nebraska Health and Human Services released the following statement regarding Peter Asumani, the 10-year-old Lincoln boy who tried to care for his father after he fell in their home:

Peter is in foster care and his needs are being met, and his extended family is being contacted. The compassion shown by people in the Lincoln area has been outstanding. There are many other children in our community whose situation may not be as unique as Peter's, but who also are needy and deserving. We urge assistance be directed to agencies that serve children and families in Nebraska. DHHS is not involved in funeral arrangements for the father. Once the mortuary in charge has been publicly identified, those wanting to help with those costs may contact the mortuary directly.

Peter's father, 45-year-old Bienvenu Asumani, died Sunday.  Authorities say the 10-year-old was discovered at home with his ailing father by a police investigator.  The principal of Peter's school reported he had missed four days of school.  A court document says the boy told police his father fell on a wet floor more than a week before, striking his head. The boy says he gave his father fluids and food.

Asumani was taken to a hospital, while his son was put in state custody.

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