Four-year-old Devin Charles who was hospitalised on Thursday last with a fractured ankle and bruises about his body, caused by alleged physical abuse is recuperating, relatives said.
The child’s aunt, Vern Saverin, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the police and Human Services Department have been playing a very active role in the case.
Devin who resides in Coolie Town was also admitted to Victoria Hospital for vomiting blood. He was allegedly stomped in the stomach and other parts of his body.
Saverin said the police have visited Devin’s home and taken statements from both his parents. The police also took a statement from the aunt and neighbours.
While the child could be returned home, Human Services have decided not to send him now, so as to keep him out of harm’s way and to facilitate a full police investigation, Saverin said.
Devin’s father who is alleged to have abused him, was recently released from prison, after serving a six-months sentence for abusing his eldest child, who is 8-years-old.
A report was also made with the police about three years ago, where he had abused another child.