The Children’s Authority has decided to launch an investigation into an incident in Arima this past week, in which a teenage girl, who appeared to be drugged and incoherent, was seen being escorted by a man into a vehicle.
The incident was recorded and has since gone viral.
In the video, the man said he is the girl’s father. However, police later determined this to be untrue.
The man was detained briefly by officers of the Child Protection Unit in the Cumuto area, but was released after the girl, said to be just 14-years-old, refused to give a statement.
Communications manager for the Children’s Authority, Cheryl Moses said, “The Children’s Authority Act, Chapter 46:10 mandates the Authority to investigate complaints or reports of mistreatment of children.”
In a release, she said “The investigation will, among other things, include inquiries at the home of the child, neighbours and the child’s school to determine whether the child is in need of care and protection.”
Moses reminded the public that they could report incidents of children being mistreated at the Authority’s hotline at 996.