Four members of a Mahaica family, including a six-month-old baby who sustained a fractured skull, are hospitalised after a man went berserk when a case of domestic violence spiraled out of control yesterday.
Those hospitalised are 56-year-old Lapatie, called Shirley; her daughters, Kaloutie Kumar, 21, and her baby Seema Rabarat, as well as her sister Hemwantie Jadunauth, 20, all of First Street, Handenveldt, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara.
Kaloutie’s reputed husband with whom she had severed relations a week ago inflicted the injuries.
According to relatives, Kaloutie was the victim of constant beatings from the time she left her parents home as a teenager to live with the suspect.
After giving birth to one child she ended the relationship. She later started another that produced the now hospitalized six-month old. However, the suspect managed to persuade her to reconcile and she reluctantly agreed, despite the apprehension of other relatives.
The beatings continued and Kaloutie again ended the relationship. This time she returned to her parents’ home last week.
But the suspect continued to try to persuade her to return to him. His pleading was without success.
The woman’s sister, Kalawantie Kumar, told this newspaper that Kaloutie was returning home after visiting the village clinic with her baby when she was attacked.
“When she come out from the taxi he chuck she and start to pull she. He tell she leh she go home,” Kumar said.
She added that the man pulled her sister who was still clutching her baby to a lamp post, where he picked up a piece of wood and started to beat her.
The woman sustained several blows to her head while trying to protect her baby but her efforts were in vain as several lashes landed on the infant causing her to suffer a fractured skull and right hand.
Seeing her daughter collapse to the ground with her baby, 56-year-old Lapatie intervened and she, too, was struck unconscious by the apparently, berserk man.
“I call Mommy home and tell she. While Mommy running, he lash she and she too fall down,” Kumar related.
Hemwantie Jadunauth could not bear to stand and watch the beating but her efforts to try to subdue the man also failed. She too was beaten into submission.
Her brother who gave his name as ‘Bull’ said that he was returning from the backdam when he was greeted with the news of the beating.
“When me go home, me meet dem lie down pon de street and plenty body been around dem.
Me pick dem up and bring dem with de bus,” he told Kaieteur News.
Up to news time, police were still hunting the suspect.
The baby and the elderly woma The entire family expressed disgust at the actions of the man whom they claimed had been eluding arrest for several years.
They claimed that the police at Mahaica have received more than 20 reports of domestic abuse perpetrated by the suspect.
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