Man charged for beating 16-year old stepson

Man charged for beating 16-year old stepson

A 37-year-old man appeared before a Sangre Grande Magistrate on Wednesday charged with child cruelty.

This, after he surrendered to officers of the Eastern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) on Tuesday with his attorney.

The self-employed mechanic had an arrest warrant issued in relation to a report of alleged child abuse to a 16-year-old boy on May 27th.

The man’s common-law wife, who was arrested and charged on June 8th also appeared before the Magistrate charged with wilful neglect and assault of a child.

The mother was granted bail by a Justice of Peace and the matter was postponed to July 17th.

The investigation first unearthed that the victim had been subjected
to abuse for some time, allegedly at the hands of his mother and
stepfather.

Further enquiries suggested that the man went to the family home, took a piece of PVC pipe and dealt the victim several blows about his body, causing several swellings, cuts, and bruises to the left hand and left rib cage area.

The victim reportedly left the home thereafter.

The victim was then seen lying on a mat outside of the apartment which was reported to police.

CPU Officers, with the assistance of the Children’s Authority,
immediately intervened.

They removed the child from the home and placed him in the care of another relative.

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