May 13, 2017 News
-sentenced to 18 months for neglect, ill treatment
A father of two was earlier this week jailed for 18 months after he was found guilty of neglect and ill treatment meted out to his two children, ages six and seven. According to reports reaching this publication, the man, 36-year-old Alfred Griffith of an East Bank Essequibo address abused his children by forcing their hands into a pot of boiling water.
He reportedly took this action after he returned home from work on Thursday of last week and found that milk, Milo and one hundred dollars were missing.
Reports suggest that after causing his children’s hands to become badly scorched in the boiling water, the man proceeded to inflict a beating on them.
Kaieteur News understands that neighbours may not have been too surprised by the wails of the children as the man, a construction worker, is known to constantly abuse his children whenever he is at home. In fact this publication was privy to information that the mother of the children was forced to leave the very home and her children behind some time ago because she too was reportedly abused.
Although no one came to the children’s rescue, neighbours however eventually became aware of the gravity of the abuse they suffered last week Thursday. Neighbours made use of the Childcare and Protection [CCPA] hotline number [227-0979] to report the abuse on Monday.
The matter was relayed to the Region Three Childcare and Protection regional office at Phoenix Park, West Bank Demerara, and officers there in turn reported the matter to Police on the East Bank of Essequibo. The man was subsequently arrested, charged and placed before the courts where he was found guilty and sentenced.
Kaieteur News learnt that when the officers of CCPA turned up at the man’s home, the children were at a nearby residence where they were given a meal. Reports are that the children were not sent to school and were not afforded medical attention for their injury until the CCPA officers came to their rescue.
The children, this publication was told, were up to yesterday still admitted at a hospital for their injuries.
Although the children are likely to remain in the custody of CCPA when they are discharged, moves are being made to have them reunited with their mother. However, there are reports that the woman will require some much needed help because of the abuse she has suffered, in order to be in a position to properly care for her children. As such, CCPA will also be considering other relatives in whose care the children could be placed alternatively.
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