Mom in 'merciless beating' under probe; State provides legal aid

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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THE State is providing legal assistance to the mother who was captured beating her daughter, believed to be no more than five years, in a video that went viral over the weekend.

In a release yesterday, the Ministry of Justice said the mother, through the Legal Aid Council, will receive legal representation when she is questioned by investigators. The council is mandated to provide legal services to citizens charged for various offences but who cannot to retain a lawyer.

In an agonising video which circulated on social media, the fuming Westmoreland woman is seen whipping the child with what appeared to be a belt and later slapped the child in the face.

“Wah mi tell yuh seh? Lef outta company, lef outta company. A day time mi send you go school fi do yuh work, work mi send yuh go a school fi do. Mi will kill you. Yuh hear wah mi seh? Stop play wid him,” the angry woman said during the beating of her little girl.

With the child thrown to the ground, the woman continued her assault, threatening to beat the child with the belt buckle the next time around.

“Yuh naah go mek dem shoot mi,” the mother stated at one point in the 10-minute long video.

She is to meet with her lawyer, Lambert Johnson, today.

While the mother was not charged up to yesterday, the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) pointed out that an investigation is being conducted by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) — which was recently formed out of the merger between the Child Development Agency and Office of the Children's Advocate.

According to the CCU, the cellphone used to record the incident was also seized by the police.

Rochelle Dixon, public relations and communications manager at the CPFSA, said yesterday that: “One of the things we have done is that we have provided counselling for the child and we have warned the mother about child abuse.”

“Our officers did a home visit to ascertain further what would have taken place,” she told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

This is the second time since year that a mother has been implicated after a video showing a mother beating a child went viral after was posted on social media. In the first video a woman was seen thrashing her teen daughter with a machete, causing outrage across the island. The woman was later identified as 44-year-old Doreen Dyer. She was being arrested and charged with cruelty to a child.

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