Police are investigating reports that a male child was allegedly physically abused by his stepmother in Grand Ravine, Dennery.
Reports are that the child, believed to be about three-four years old, is currently in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Victoria Hospital.
The stepmother, believed to be about 21 years old, was questioned by police, police sources have confirmed. It is not clear if she has been charged or will be charged.
Sources close to the family told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the couple, both in their early early 20s, got married earlier this year, and the husband, who has a son from a previous relationship, took the child to live with him and his wife.
However, over a period of time, it was discovered that the child was being abused, evidenced by several scars and bruises all over his body.
On the night of Saturday, Oct. 3, the matter worsened when it was suspected that that the stepmother slammed the child into the wall of the house.
The child suffered a concussion and was admitted to ICU where he is reported to be battling for his life. He is reported to be unresponsive.
Unconfirmed reports are that the stepmother, who appears to be of unsound mind, have blamed evil spirits in the house for making her abuse the child.
If you have more information about this matter, please contact SNO at 285-2361.