Octopus removed from 2-year-old’s throat; child abuse charges filed

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WICHITA, Kan. — A 2-year-old Kansas boy is recovering after doctors removed a small octopus from his throat, according to KAKE.

The incident happened on Tuesday night when the boy’s mother returned home from work and found her boyfriend, Matthew Gallagher, 36, giving the child CPR.

The boy was rushed to a local hospital where doctors removed the small octopus lodged in the boy’s throat. The boy also had multiple facial injuries, police told KAKE.

Gallagher was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of child abuse, according to the report. He has since been released.

Officers told KSNW the octopus appeared to be intended for sushi.


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  • Debi kay

    unfreakinbelievable! they let this pos out of jail after abusing this poor baby? he probably shoved the octopus down this poor little angels throat cause he wouldn’t eat it…I truly hope the mother doesn’t let him back into the house…poor precious little boy…smh…

    • Ingrid

      Oh my gosh! There are such awful people in the world! I sure hope this woman lets go of this awful man and learns how to love her little son.

    • bob

      You must have a different definition of “probably” than the one I’m familiar with.

      Nobody expects a toddler to eat octopus.

    • Jack A.

      Are you unaware of how CPR and an attempt to dislodge ab object from a mushy, soft-boned tiny human can do? Bruising , lots of it, and fractured ribs. Get an education.

  • bob

    Based on this story none of you knuckeleads actually KNOW anything.

    Kid put something in her mouth. The “something” was hard to swallow. (It’d gag the h3ll out of ME, I can tell you.) Guy desperately tries to save the child’s life, scrabbling around in her mouth. Bruises result.

    Was it abuse? Maybe. But, based on the same story that YOU read, I have absolutely no idea. Therefore, I will reserve judgment.

    But hey……”outrage” is a lot more fun. Enjoy.

    • Carol

      You are right Bob. I think that because of all the crazy stuff we are subjected to hear about on a daily basis, we tend to assume the worst and hope for the best.

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