4-y-o says dad beat him for falling off bed

July 22, 2021

A St Andrew man was remanded in custody yesterday after the judge heard allegations that he abused his four-year-old child for falling off the bed.

The accused man pleaded not guilty to cruelty to a child when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court before Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks yesterday.

Allegations contained in the police report that was read out in court are that on Sunday, July 18, the child went to visit his grandfather when a neighbour noticed bruises on the child's torso. The grandfather, who is the accused man's father, said he asked his son what caused the marks on the child's body but he could not get an answer from him as he began behaving aggressively. The grandfather said he reported the incident to the police. He said that he made his own checks and concluded that his son was not responsible for the injuries.

That, however, is in stark contrast with what the child allegedly told police.

"Daddy beat me with belt. He wake me up and beat me because me drop off a the bed," the child told the police, according to the statement.

After hearing the child's statement, the judge was incensed. He ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the accused man, and a fingerprint order made. He was also remanded in custody until September 1.

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