CDA assessing beating of St Thomas child after 2016 video goes viral
Chief Executive Office of the Child Development Agency (CDA) Rosalee Gage-Grey says the agency is now conducting an assessment into the case of the 12-year-old girl being beaten with a machete by her mother in St Thomas.
Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 this morning, Gage-Grey said the CDA stepped in for the protection of the child.
She said the agency is doing an intervention with the family as well as with the community.
A video of the beating has been circulating heavily on social media and has received strong outcry.
The viral video shows the partially nude mother beating her daughter violently with a machete while cursing expletives.
The 44-year-old woman was arrested on the weekend and remains in police custody.
Meanwhile, head of the St Thomas police, Senior Superintendent, Beau Rigabe, says investigations into the video of a woman in the parish beating her teenage daughter with a machete has revealed that the incident happened last year.
SSP Rigabe confirmed the update in an interview with our news centre this morning.
He said the woman is being interviewed by investigators with the of view of laying charges against her.
The police had previously indicated that she’s likely to be charged with cruelty to a child.