A mother who severely whipped her 11-year-old daughter for buying three pounds of chicken instead of two broke down in tears on Wednesday after being handed a 12-month probation sentence in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.
Thirty-one-year-old Angella Wright, a vendor of Huet Road in Kingston, was taken into custody after a passer-by witnessed her beating the child and reported the matter to the police.
In her statement, the 11-year-old girl said that after she mistakenly bought the three pounds of chicken, her mother pushed her to the ground, stepped in her side and face and also hit her in the shoulder and slapped her in the face.
A man who saw what was happening took the child to the Olympic Gardens Police Station.
"Officer, help har. Har madda a kill har wid lick," the man reportedly told the police.
On Wednesday when Wright showed up in court for sentencing, Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey scolded her for beating the child in that manner.
"Not because you are the mother you must use your might," Pusey said as tears streamed down Wright's face.
"You have to learn to temper justice with mercy," she added. "Look at your nice, pretty daughter and you box her?"
Wright, who had earlier pleaded guilty to cruelty to a child, was then sentenced to 12 months' probation.
She had also pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, but a no-order ruling was handed down on that charge.