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(JAMAICA STAR) – The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has confirmed that the incident in which a woman is seen violently beating a child in the latest video to hit social media highlighting grave instances of child abuse in Jamaica.
In a statement issued yesterday, CEO of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said investigations have confirmed that the video is authentic and that it occurred sometime in September.
She said a team from the agency, with support from the police’s Cybercrimes Unit, has located the woman and is currently pursuing further leads in the community where the mother and child live.
The police had also issued an appeal for the woman to contact them by visiting the nearest police station immediately.
In the video, the woman uses a belt and her hands to repeatedly hit the child, threatening her with further punishment, including cutting off her head if she (the child) does not desist from certain activities.
Last month, a St Thomas woman, Doreen Dyer, was charged with cruelty to a child after a video of her beating her then 12-year-old daughter with a machete went viral.
The incident had actually taken place last November.