Another four-year-old child has been hospitalised after he was allegedly physically abused by his father, who was recently released from prison for abusing another one of his children.
Devin Charles of Coolie Town is currently a patient at the Victoria Hospital. He was allegedly stomped in the stomach and other parts of his body on Thursday and was vomiting blood, relatives said.
Vern Saverin, a relative of the child, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today (October 17) that Devin was allegedly badly beaten by both his mother and father for reasons unknown to her.
Saverin said, “The father allegedly stepped on the boy’s stomach while beating him. He also has a slap mark on his face. His back had lashes from a belt too. And he is unable to walk properly because of an injury to his ankle.”
This is not the first time that the child’s father has abused him or his other siblings, Saverin alleges. She said a report was made with the police about three years ago, where he had abused another child.
According to her, the man was also recently released from prison after serving a six-month sentence for abusing his eldest child, who is eight years old.
Saverin said she is upset that the father continues to allegedly abuse his children, even after serving prison time for injuring one of his child. The community, she said, is also concerned about the children’s well-being.
She is of the opinion that the father has not learned his lesson, and is asking that the authorities look into the issue. She said a report on this recent incident has been made with the police.
Saverin claims that she was also threatened by the child’s father for making the report. “He saw me on the road while I was dropping off my daughter this morning and came up to me and said he will kill me.”
Four-year-old Milan Ferdinand who died recently was also allegedly physically abused. A post-mortem exam revealed that he died from severe brain damage due to blunt -force trauma.
At the time of his death, he was under the care of his father and step-mother.