A 25-year-old mum who now uses "she" and "her" pronouns for her prospective trans-daughter who is awaiting a doctor's appointment to change his gender, has narrated how he tried to cut off his penis at the age of 3.
Jess Bratton said the shocking incident happened five years ago and made her realise how her doll-loving son Logan wasn't going through an experimental phase, but instead identified as a female and was trying to be his true self.
Revealing that her son, Logan had always had an interest in girls' clothes and make up, and had always been keen to see how her and his younger sister dressed, the mother of two further disclosed that after seeing him trying to cut off his penis with some scissors, she decided to look into the possibility that her child was trans.
“I was in the kitchen making dinner, with my back to Logan’s bedroom door. She was chattering away to her dolls but suddenly went silent.
“I shouted her name and got no response, so seconds later I went into her room and caught her sitting on the bed with her trousers down, holding a pair of scissors to her bits.
“I gasped loudly, which made her jump, and quickly took the scissors off her.
"Then I just held her in my arms and we both cried.
"Afterwards I explained that cutting herself would really hurt and that because she wanted to do something so drastic, we would have to talk to a doctor.
“That day made me realise the severity of the situation. It wasn’t just a phase; my little boy really did want to be a girl.”
The mum also revealed that she couldn’t bear to see Logan unhappy and knew things would have to change.
She approached her family GP in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, to explain the scissors episode and that Logan no longer wanted to wear boys’ clothes. The doctor suggested that Logan’s yearning to be a girl could still be a phase, but said he was too young for counselling.
“My GP said there wasn’t really anything we could do but requested I keep a close eye on Logan in the meantime. “Before this, I had tried to encourage Logan to dress in boys’ clothing and play with boys’ toys, but after the scare I decided to welcome her wish to change."
Not long before the incident, Jess had given birth to her youngest child Lylah, now six, with Logan doting on his little sister from the start.
Logan soon began wearing more cropped tops and dresses, rather than the boys' clothes she had been dressed in before.
Jess who is a healthcare assistant for residents with mental health and dementia, said; “When Logan was just one, she was wearing tea towels on her head, wishing for long hair.
"As soon as she was old enough, she started asking to do my hair and make-up. She was just so interested in me – as well as her sister when she was born.
"As Lylah got older, the pair of them became more like sisters than brother and sister, and Logan’s desire to be a girl never went away. In fact, it only got stronger.
“When Logan was six, she started talking about having a sex change.
"She told me she didn’t want her bits and kept saying she wanted a ‘Mary’ like me and her sister! I told her that when she was a little older, the doctors would be able to help her.”
Jess who is separated from Logan’s father, is relieved that the reaction from family and friends has been positive.
Details are emerging about how the 28-year-old man, Richard Appiah of Abesim near Sunyani in the Bono Region, lured three boys, killed them and kept their mutilated bodies in his fridge.
The dastardly act, which can pass as the work of a cannibal, was finally discovered in an unpainted house at Abesim Alaska on Saturday, thereby sending shockwaves in the country.
It is turning out that Appiah, believed to be an architect or surveyor and a footballer, was a friend to the victims who have been identified as 15-year-old Stephen Sarpong who was in JHS2, the suspect’s own 12-year-old step-brother Louis Agyemang, and a yet-to-be-identified body of another boy.
He is believed to have been cooking for the victims and showing them some affection, and through that supposed kindness, he was able to lure them and subsequently kill them in turns.
The Abesim ‘cannibal’ is said to be a man who hardly smiles, and per police records, four persons are said to have gone missing in the neighbourhood where he lives.
This has led to a heightened suspicion that he could be behind the strange disappearances.
He is said to have initially denied knowledge of the whereabouts of the boy who went missing, but whose body was eventually found in the fridge in the suspect’s room.
It was a man who lives in the neighbourhood who insisted that the suspect knew the whereabouts of the small boy because he had seen the suspect and the victim together on the day the victim went missing.
It was alleged that, Appiah after the dastardly act brought out his clothing and set it on fire, probably to delete any evidence of the crime.
Two more persons have been picked up by the police over the gruesome killings and are being interrogated. Their identities have not been disclosed by the police.
The father of the last boy (Stephen Sarpong) to be killed, Yeboah Asuama, has been explaining what might have transpired between his son and the ‘cannibal,’ whom he described as his friend.
He said “the young man (suspect), truth be told, is my friend. It was only four days ago that he came to my house that – I also work with him, he is a surveyor – he came to tell me that the land he was planning on developing had sand and blocks on it and he wanted me to sell it for him, so I did.”
He said amid tears that “just yesterday, the young man came to my house to tell me that if he did not get the money by evening time, he would sell it to another person. And I told him I had already sold it and that the buyer would bring the money within the day,” adding “so that evening, a friend of mine and I took the money from the sales to his house and gave it to him. He gave me a receipt and escorted us home.
“Never! Never! Never! Have I heard or seen such a thing before, and I would have never suspected him in this way.”
The victim’s father confirmed that “he (suspect) used to cook and eat with my children. They were also friends.
“My son told me that he was going to the canteen we operate about 300 metres from our home. But, unfortunately, that was the last time we saw him. We had waited for him to return the whole night but he did not, so the next morning, we reported the incident to the police. We heard nothing concerning the police investigation until this morning when we heard that our neighbour had killed my son.”
The Energy Commission has taken delivery of a new electric vehicle to test-drive and assess its performance, suitability and provide feedback to the suppliers.
The vehicle, which runs exclusively on electricity and without an engine, was manufactured by Wuling Automobile Industry Company Limited.
The vehicle, Great Wall ORA Black Cat EV, was presented by Egle Motors Company Limited, sole representatives of the brand, to support the commission’s Drive Electric Initiative (DEI) to promote electric vehicles in the country.
The Sales Manager of Egle Motors, Mr. Joseph Laryea, presented the vehicle to the Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr. Oscar Amonoo-Neizer.
Addressing the media at the presentation ceremony last Thursday at the office of the commission in Accra, the Director in charge of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the commission, Mr. Kofi Agyarko, said DEI was intended to usher in an era of green and sustainable technology for the future.
He stated that the objective of the initiative was to create productive demand in order to utilise the country’s electricity productively, usher in an era of green and sustainable technology for the future and reduce pollution.
He said it was also to contribute to efforts towards climate action while helping to resolve the electricity generation over-capacity in the short to medium term.
Personnel from the Homicide Unit of the Ghana Police Service that deals with crime of murder have arrived from Accra to commence investigation into the alleged killing of three boys at Abesim near Sunyani in the Bono Region.
The team arrived in Sunyani yesterday after the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, directed the team to take over the investigation into the incident.
The police in Sunyani arrested 28-year-old Richard Appiah, an architect, who is believed to have murdered the three children and kept some meat suspected to be human flesh in his fridge.
The victims are his own 12-year-old stepbrother, Louis Agyeman Junior, and a 15-year-old Stephen Sarpong. The third victim is yet to be identified.
The bodies were found in his living quarters, owned by his father at Alaska near Abesim on Friday, August 20, 2021.
The police arrested another suspect (name withheld) last Sunday to assist in investigations.
The Daily Graphic gathered from the Bono Regional Police headquarters that the team has been busy at the crime scene since arrival.
According to the source, the unspecified number of the homicide officers had picked the fridge in which the suspect was alleged to have kept the pieces of suspected human parts to the regional command.
In addition, the team has gathered and brought the exhibits suspected to have been used to commit the crime to the regional headquarters for inwards transfer to Accra.
The homicide team is being supported by some Sunyani Municipal and Abesim Police personnel.