A 37-year-old man is expected to appear before a Sangre Grande Magistrate today to answer to the charge of child cruelty.

The accused surrendered to the Eastern Division Child Protection Unit (CPU) officers on Tuesday, with his attorney.

The self-employed mechanic was charged with one count of child cruelty, having had an arrest warrant issued in relation to a report of alleged child abuse to a 16-year-old boy on May 27th. The man’s common-law wife, who was arrested and charged on June 8th, appeared before a Sangre Grande Magistrate where she answered to the charge of wilful neglect and assault of a child. The mother was granted bail by a Justice of the Peace and the matter was postponed to July 17th.

The investigation first unearthed that the victim had been subjected to abuse for some time, allegedly at the hands of his mother and stepfather. Further enquiries suggest that the man went to the family home, took a piece of PVC pipe and dealt the victim several blows about his body, causing several swellings, cuts, and bruises to the left hand and left rib cage area. The male accused reportedly left the home thereafter. The victim was then seen lying on a mat outside of the apartment which was reported to police.

CPU Officers, with the assistance of the Children’s Authority, immediately intervened, removing the child from the home and placed him in the care of another relative.