The Office of the Children’s Advocate, OCA, is expressing concern that the child seen in a video — being beaten by her mother with a machete — is still living in the same yard with her mother.

Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, made the revelation while speaking last evening on Nationwide @5. But she says though living in the same yard, they’re staying separate houses.

Mrs. Gordon Harrison says this will require further intervention as it’s not ideal amid the circumstances.

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The video, with the 12-year-old girl, has gone viral on social media, sparking outrage and condemnation.

The mother, whom the police say is 44-years-old, remained in police custody overnight.

Mrs. Gordon Harrison says the mother could be charged with cruelty to a child over the incident which the police say happened some time last year.

She says she may also face a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm if the child can show evidence she sustained injuries during the incident.

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She says anyone who has responsibility for taking care of a child and cause them harm by deliberate means can be charged with cruelty to a child.

In the meantime, the police say the mother is in a state of shock.

Head of Operations at the St. Thomas Police, Deputy Superintendent Michael Cunningham, says the police haven’t yet collected a statement from her.

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DSP Cunningham says the woman is cooperating with the Police.

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