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Jamaican Authorities Report Worrying Incidents of Physical Abuse Against Children

Mixed Reaction As Jamaican Mother Charged for Beating Daughter With Machete {VIDEO}

Jamaican children are suffering at the hands of their parents, mainly mothers who dole out brutal forms of corporal punishment.

According to the Child Development Agency (CDA), infants as young as six months have been burnt with hot irons, chopped with knives or machetes, soaked with boiling water, or severely beaten with electrical cords.

The agency made the revelations in an investigative report by the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper at the height of public outrage of the video showing a mother beating her daughter with a machete.

Doreen Dyer, 44, has since been charged with cruelty to a child. The matter will be heard in court on November 15.

The CDA said the level of physical abuse children endured was worrying and, more so, the types of implements being used.

According to the CDA’s chief executive officer Rosalie Gage-Grey, from January to September of this year, the Investigations Unit received 10,267 cases; in 2016, the unit received 12,804. Of the number of cases received since the start of 2017, there was an increase in physical abuse.

“Based on reports received by the CDA’s Investigations Unit during the period 2016-2017, there is an overall increase which is at alarming levels,” he said.

She told the Gleaner that when investigators visit scenes of abuse, they are shocked by the visible scars on the bodies of children.

“We have seen pictures of babies with scars on every inch of their skin, cuts on faces, arms, legs and this is not right,” Gage-Grey said.

She explained that children were often punished for not acting on commands quickly enough, purchasing the wrong items when sent on errands, not doing homework, or being too noisy.

Gage-Grey said CDA investigators were traumatized in some cases and she insisted that the offending parents should be brought to justice.

Counselling psychologist Dr Patrece Charles attributed the social ill to Jamaica’s culture of corporal punishment.

She pointed that a majority of the parents who abuse their children were also victims of abuse.

“The cycle of abuse they are exposing their children to was taught. They don’t know a way to discipline or manage their emotions,” she said.

Another expert, child and family therapist Dr Beverley Scott expressed concern that the children are traumatized by the abuse and carry the effects of the childhood experiences throughout life.




The Jamaican teenager at the centre of a vicious beating that went viral on social media recently, is upset that her mother will face the law courts. And both government and opposition spokespeople say the incident points to deeper issues that must be addressed.

Doreen Dyer, 44, was arrested and charged with cruelty to a child and will appear in the St Thomas Parish Court next week over the incident in which she beat her 13-year-old daughter with a machete last year.

At the height of strong public outrage, the girl told a talk show on Hitz 92 FM, a local radio station, that her mother was one of the best in the world and she felt bad about the developments.

Another daughter also rushed to her mother’s defence. Sheryl Jones, 21, told the media that since the video went viral, many people were wrongfully accusing her mother whom she said “don’t normally beat”.

Spokesman on youth and culture for the Opposition People’s National Party, Damion Crawford, also said that Jamaicans were pointing fingers in the wrong direction.

Crawford, who visited the community where the family lives to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ordeal, contended that while the child was a victim of physical abuse, the parent was also a victim of the Jamaican culture of discipline and the inability to receive legitimate assistance with child rearing.

“Everyone has confirmed that this is not an often occurrence. They’ve confirmed that the lady is almost like the mother for the community; the person who seeks to bail the young people from jail or out of trouble. So, it’s unfortunate that without adequate information, the call has been for imprisonment, which benefits neither child nor parent. The main villain, in my opinion, was the adult who chose to capture [the video] rather than intervene,” Crawford told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

He called for the State to re-socialize the mother, rather than criminalize her.

Meanwhile, State Minister with responsibility for youth in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, expressed concern about the video but said the case highlighted the need for greater parental intervention and guidance.

The Child Development Agency said the girl underwent counseling and is being cared for by relatives.

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Comment by Nikko on October 10, 2017 at 2:58pm
This is animalistic! This woman is an Efing beast! No way!! Anybody deserve this? Where is this young lady’s dad? She needs her father to stand up for her and protect her against this savage of a parent! Ppl try for years to have children and this woman is killing hers? Why? Tired? Her life is tired. She looks like a wild beast! No class, no tact. Just outside with a MACHETE beating this 13yr old? Why?? What could she have done? F***** her man? I mean? I couldn’t even listen to the horror story any more. I just listened to the audio version. Unbelievable
Comment by Jerome S on October 8, 2017 at 1:49pm
Heard a lot of people resented switches, sticks, and cords, and yet..Sending mom to jail is not gonna help the family. Undisciplined children are far more harmful to society than 1 fed up woman with a machete.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on October 6, 2017 at 12:19am
It was wrong for her to use a machete, belt, tambrind whip, like my pops beat my ass with, lol, is fine but not a Cutlass.
Comment by nissy on October 5, 2017 at 6:43pm
That was criminal. I was born and raised in the Caribbean. I understand a switch, a belt, a frying pan hell even a broomstick but a machete hell no! That crossed the damned line
Comment by Colin on October 5, 2017 at 11:22am
Caribgyal you were born in the US you can't understand Caribbean punishment, like green streets said, for an act like that it's whatever u can find. You can't understand, you were given time out when you were small
Comment by greenstreet58 on October 5, 2017 at 9:22am
I believe the child was exposing herself online. The cutlass I will say is the wrong thing to use but when that time reach it's whatever you find. That mother had reached her boiling point you can see that in the video.
Comment by CaribGyal1 on October 5, 2017 at 8:53am
Excuse me! I am Caribbean all the way, hence my name CaribGyal! That beating was too harsh! She could have gotten cut...../she could have also gotten a limb cut off if the child moved the wrong way while she was swinging that cutlass. We don’t know what the child did. But nevertheless even if it were a belt, or stick, anything that can leave welps/bruises on the body is too harsh.
Comment by Colin on October 4, 2017 at 6:16pm
Caribgyal you are a Yankee, u bring your kids up differently. While I don't agree with the machete that kid must have done something real bad. Caribbean mother's are the best.
Comment by Tamara on October 4, 2017 at 2:29pm
Beating the child is discipline. Beating her with a machete is wrong, however be not too quick to judge. These kids are behaving very loose. If the child is taken away by the state it will only be worst
Comment by CaribGyal1 on October 4, 2017 at 1:33pm
She deserves to got to jail! Praise God for the person who filmed this to catch her & now she will get counseling. How is the main villain the person who captured this video?!?! How can anyone intervene when she has a cutlass in her hand?!?! Really??? Now you have a story! You are also posting this & are no different.






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