The Constabulary’s Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, CISOCA, is admitting its officers in St. Ann committed serious breaches in their handling of a case of sexual abuse involving a 4-year-old child.
During an interview on Nationwide @ 5 last evening, CISOCA’s boss, Superintendent Charmaine Shand, admitted the St. Ann office received the report of sexual molestation of the young girl in 2016.
But, she says the investigators attached to the police’s sex crimes unit haven’t taken the steps required to resolve the matter.
Superintendent Shand says she’s now taken over the investigation and says officers will be held accountable for the breaches which have occurred in the heart-wrenching case first reported by Nationwide News.
In an exclusive interview, the grandmother of the now 7-year-old child revealed to Nationwide News on Monday, how the agency’s St. Ann department was unprofessional in responding to her reports that the child was being sexually molested.
Head of CISOCA, Superintendent Charmaine Shand, says she’s now leading the investigation.
She says police personnel from CISOCA’s St. Ann office accompanied the child to the hospital in January 2016 when they received the reports.
Superintendent Shand says at that time the medical officer confirmed that the child was sexually abused.
The CISOCA boss says the child was being assessed with the assistance of a guidance counsellor between February and August 2016.
She says a medical report was requested by the investigators in January 2017 and collected in December of that same year.
She says the delay in applying for the medical report is a matter that also needs to be investigated.
In the meantime, the child’s grandmother continues to express frustration at what she’s describing as CISOCA’s unprofessionalism.
She’s also accusing the entity’s investigators of lying.
The grandmother also recounted an incident at CISOCA’s St. Ann office in which she says she was treated very poorly.
The grandmother and legal guardian of a child who’s been sexually and physically abused.