- Boy, six, found chained up 'like a dog' by his 'violent father' in a house in Ukraine
- The child was found on his knees tethered to a door by shocked Ukrainian police
- There was evidence on his body of 'beatings' which the boy's father had inflicted
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A six year old boy chained up 'like a dog' by his 'violent father' has been freed from horrific domestic abuse in Ukraine.
The child was found on his knees tethered to a door by shocked police.
Law enforcement pictures were released showing the metal chain wrapped tight around the boy's waist.
There was evidence on his body of 'beatings' which the father admitted he inflicted 'for educational purposes', according to Luhansk regional police.
The authorities have now acted to take the boy away from his father, 36, and stepmother, 27, say reports in Ukraine. 'He was chained like a dog,' said one report.
The six year old has been removed from his home in Aidar-Mykolaivka village, Luhansk region.
The father is to be 'stripped of his parental rights' and faces legal action for child abuse and 'torture' with a maximum sentence of five years, said the prosecutor's office of the Luhansk region.
Police acted after the boy had told his friends of the abuse he faced at home and they informed their parents who called in the police. He said he was often chained.
The boy is undergoing checks in Novoaidarsky hospital, and is likely to be moved to an orphanage.
'The child will not be returned to this family,' said a spokesman for the prosecutor's office.
'The boy was checked by doctors and is now provided with necessary psychological assistance.
Childcare officials are working 'to deprive the father of his parental rights'.
Reports said the child had been removed from the family previously but the father was allowed to take him back from an orphanage after divorcing his wife and setting up home with a new spouse.