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Machete-beating mom charged with cruelty to a child

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

DOREEN Dyer, the 44-year-old St Thomas woman who was seen in a social media video beating her then 12-year-old daughter with a machete, was yesterday charged with cruelty to a child.

She was later released on station bail and is to appear in the St Thomas Parish Court on Monday, October 9.

Police believe the video was shot last November at Dyer's Bath, St Thomas home when the apparently angry woman, dressed only in her underwear, used a cutlass to throw several blows on her little girl, stopping only when the child managed to slip from her grip and ran.

She was arrested on Sunday only after the video went viral on social media and prompted condemnation from several people across the country.

While most people have condemned the woman, a few, including People's National Party spokesman on youth and culture, Damion Crawford, have come out in her defence.

According to Crawford, the mother is a victim of Jamaica's culture of physical punishment, and the lack of both the existence and knowledge of adequate support services for parenting.

He recommended parenting training for the mother, while efforts should be made to “engineer behaviour modification” for the child.

In the meantime, the girl, now 13, told a radio programme yesterday that her mother is one of the best in the world.

Speaking on Hitz 92 FM, the girl said she loves her mother and felt bad that she was arrested because of the incident.