Further developments are expected tomorrow as investigators are scheduled to complete a review of statements in the case involving a mother caught on tape beating a child with a machete.
The 35-second video surfaced on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram over the weekend, sparking outrage. The police have confirmed that it was recorded last year. The mother will remain in custody for another night as investigators continue to probe the matter.
The police say they have collected statements on the incident which has re-ignited the debate on social media about children and corporal punishment.
Head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, says the police have interviewed the child and her mother
She says the mother remains in police custody. She’s not been charged.
In a statement to the media this afternoon, the CCU says it’s learned that the child in the video is 12-years-old.
The St. Thomas police say the girl was released last night into the custody of a family member. CCU says the incident took place sometime last year.
However, the video recently surfaced on social media. It says the matter is being investigated by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, CISOCA, and the Child Development Agency, CDA.
Meanwhile, Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, says she’s receiving information on why the mother would’ve lashed out at her child using a machete.
Mrs. Gordon Harrison says the woman must be held accountable for her actions. But she says there’s a need for what she calls ‘intervention on all sides’.
Mrs. Gordon Harris says the child will also need psychological help.