Machete-beating mom gets support from entertainer, St Thomas residents

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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THE St Thomas mother who had tongues wagging after she was seen in a video beating her 12-year-old daughter with a machete, had her bail extended when she appeared in the St Thomas Parish Court yesterday.

The video, which has been circulating on social media, showed Doreen Dyer, 44, dressed only in her underwear, hitting the girl with the machete while using expletives.

Dyer was charged with cruelty to a child last Wednesday, after she was taken into custody the Sunday before.

When the matter was mentioned yesterday, Dyer's attorney, Bertram Anderson, told the court that he had not yet received full disclosure from the prosecution and that he needed time to peruse the documents.

Anderson told the court that he and the prosecutor have agreed on a November 15 date to return to court. By that time, Anderson said he will be in a position to indicate his client's decision going forward.

Justice Fiona Fair-Gregory subsequently extended Dyer's bail.

As soon as Dyer exited the courtroom, she was greeted by residents of her Bath community who last Wednesday called on authorities to be lenient towards her, claiming that she is a good mother.

Yesterday, reggae, dancehall and gospel artiste Clifford “Mr Vegas” Smith was also at the courthouse.

Mr Vegas, who was initially reluctant to speak to the press, told the Jamaica Observer that he was in solidarity with the Bath residents.

“Me woulda do anything right now to get back my mother, so right now me wouldn't like to see them take away the mother from her children. As you can see is a young, little girl and I would not want her to end up in an institution in Jamaica where it is not going to be the best situation for her,” he said, adding that he is trying to play a fatherly role in the child's life.

“I heard stories and have seen instances where children end up in these institution and they came out worse. We don't want this child to be a victim of their (State) institution that is not properly set up,” he continued.

The entertainer, who was meeting with the family for the first time, said he has set up a Gofundme account to assist the family.

He said he, too, was outraged after watching the video but pointed out that his main concern is the child's well-being.

“The amount of things me do inna life, if mi never get forgiveness maybe mi wouldn't deh here suh,” Mr Vegas said, adding that he journeyed to the parish yesterday to visit the child's school.

He also lamented the number of irresponsible fathers across the island.

“A lot of the fathers in Jamaica disappear after planting their seed. So if one or two father can step up and get involved, that will make a difference,” he said.

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