A four-year-old boy from Coolie Town who was recently hospitalized with a fractured ankle and bruises about his body, caused by alleged physical abuse, remains in protective care.
The child’s aunt, Vern Saverin, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today Devin Charles is expected to remain under protective custody for the remainder of the year.
Saverin said that the child’s father, who is accused of physically abusing him, was arrested by police on October 27 and released the following day.
The concerned aunt said Human Services told her that the child will be returned to the mother, either sometime at the end of this year or early next year.
But she said now that the father has been released and is back home, she is afraid if the child returns, the abuse could continue, which may possible lead to something more serious.
Devin was also admitted to Victoria Hospital on October 15 for vomiting blood. He was allegedly stomped in the stomach and other parts of his body.
The child’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.