Splashed across the front page of the Daily Observer, published in
Liberia, is the story of tiny Smith Freeman who turned into a
not-so-little man in front of his mother's eyes and ran into the bush.
Reporter Marcus Malayea wrote that residents in a district of central
Bong County were in "unbelievable shock" when the news broke. No
According to the child's mother, 16-year-old Lorpu Kollie, she was on
her way to a farm on Tuesday when her baby repeatedly asked her to put
When she did, Smith grew into a man and ran away.
"This was my first time seeing a two-month-old baby talking so clearly
like a five year old child," Lopu told the newspaper.
She added that Smith "did not have any scar or deformity on his body
that could convince community dwellers that the baby was somehow
belonging to the dark world".
The baby's father, Watson Freeman told the Daily Observer the
mysterious disappearance of his son was "incredible and mind-blowing",
while Smith's grandfather, Jerome Kowan, claimed the vanishing " is
the handiwork of the dark world".