Child abuse

Magistrate chastises mother who assaults disobedient child

A mother of five from Christ Church will return to the Oistins Magistrates’ Court in July for sentencing after she admitted to assaulting her ten-year-old son.

The 40-year-old confessed before Magistrate Elwood Watts that she willfully caused serious bodily harm to the child on April 27.

According to the prosecutor Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett, the mother became angry with the child after he refused to bathe properly for school.

After sending him back to the bath numerous times, she punished him by beating him with a wooden stick. However, she subsequently abandoned that punishment and began “cuffing the child with her fist”. One of the blows struck the child’s mouth, breaking an upper front tooth and damaging another.

The matter was brought to the attention of police by a child care officer, and officials removed the child from the residence temporarily.

The mother, who has no previous convictions, broke down in tears in court Monday as she sought to explain to Magistrate Watts what led to her acting the way she did.

“I am truly sorry. It was a constant ongoing thing,” she said.

The woman explained that she had spoken to the child’s father about his behaviour and although he too had spoken to the boy, it “did not make a difference”.

However, the magistrate told the woman: “He is still a child but you beat him like a man.”

“That’s not corporal punishment,” he added, telling her that it was a case of abuse.

With no objections to bail from the prosecutor, the mother was granted bail in the sum of $1,000, which she secured with one surety.

She is expected to make her second appearance before Magistrate Watts on July 14 when she will be sentenced.

8 Responses to Child abuse

  1. Shana Vanderwolf
    Shana Vanderwolf May 8, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Wtf how u expect to cuff your child until a tooth is broken. Cha cuddear

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  2. Clarista Daniel May 9, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Shemar weekes mother all over again,punish her to the full extent of the law

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  3. Ejd May 9, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Make an example of her for all Barbadians to see.

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  4. Maria May 9, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I am not saying she is right but some of these children can drive you to that point maybe he was rude and that got her angry but we still have to know when enough is enough maybe she was under a lot of pressure children have to listen to their parents and not think they are on the same level and parents have to know how too chastise their children without being brutal towards them now he have damaged teeth a reminder for life and each time he look at that he is going to blame mum so this situation is not going to be over soon

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  5. kathy-Ann Clarke May 9, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I totally agree with Maria. There are some things that some children do, that can drive you up a wall, BUT, we still have to be careful.That damaged tooth will keep him on his p’s and q’s. It will be a reminder to be obedient to mummy, and hopefully, it wouldn’t drive him to hate her.

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  6. Brownsuga May 9, 2017 at 9:33 am

    The evidence is there to see that it’s more than meets the eye. That mother had a lot of pent up anger and unfortunately it so happened the child pushed​ the last button and she exploded Locking her up is not​ the answer. They need to get to the root of her frustration and lend the necessary assistance. Who know maybe the same father might not even properly support the said child,we don’t know what difficulties she’s experiencing and everyone does not respond to pressure in the same way. But in saying that I’m not condoning the unfortunate brutality of the child.

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  7. Caring May 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

    But makes me wonder why she did not just bathe the child, instead of sending him back all d time. Maybe the child has some challenge whether physical or mental which is going undiagnosed and /or unnoticed.

    Maybe it is that the father got the mother vex and she take it our on the boy or she need psychologial evaluation. Whatever the cause, she has no excuse.

    I pray that God would allow the boy to forgive his mother and still be in a frame of mind to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.

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  8. Really Concerned May 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    There is a role for fathers which, sadly, is neglected. My wish is to see the adult sized man child arise and take his responsibilities within the home more seriously. The frustrations of the women are evident. So too is the fact that the woman cannot lead (Isaiah 3:12), and as such, many are the oppressed. Many people today have an opinion and few of them line up with the Word of God. As a result, many end up feeling confused and are being institutionalized. Rise up men!

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