Saturday, February 17, 2018

Police quiz Morvant mother over ‘shovel’ video

Police are questioning a Morvant mother in connection with an online video of a woman beating a young child about the body with a metal shovel, which went viral on several social media sites last week. 

This was confirmed yesterday by vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Social and Welfare Association, Insp Roger Alexander, in an interview with the Express. 

Alexander, who is also the host of TV6’s Beyond the Tape, said officers of Morvant Police Station received certain information over the weekend and had spoken to a woman and a child who are believed to be the ones depicted in the video. 

“I always tell people Morvant police and Beyond the Tape are not involved with any bacchanal, it is about real people interested in solving crimes and seeing a better Trinidad and Tobago. So on seeing the video aired on TV6 on Thursday, one of the good citizens of this country, who I often refer to as my deputies, texted me certain information,” said Alexander. 

“On Saturday, we went and made some observations of the area where that person described and, on Sunday evening, myself and a party of officers  conducted enquiries and had certain conversations with the lady and the young boy.  From there the next step is to approach the appointed investigator and hand over all our findings and information,” he added.

Police sources revealed to the Express that when investigators asked the young boy if anything happened between himself and his mother recently, he said no. The officers then asked him if he wanted anything for his birthday and the teenager told the officers: “Just lots of hugs and kisses from my mom.”

The woman, sources said, is in her early 30s and a single mother.

When questioned by police, she too denied being the subject of the video. She also told investigators that there are several videos on the internet and she was not the person in the video that the officers were referring to, and she did not wish to answer any further questions unless an attorney was present. 

The video, which is four minutes 37 seconds long, depicts a woman, dressed in blue jeans and white jersey with black stripes, hitting a child with a shovel about his body as he lies on the ground screaming for the ordeal to be over. 

It has been shared more than 2,450 times as of late yesterday. 

In the video, the boy even picks up a chair to try and defend himself as the woman violently swings the shovel to hit him. The woman also repeatedly hurled obscenities at the child, cursing him as he tried to defend himself. 

Among the statements she made were:

“I’ll kill you down eh! You feel you bad!?”

“You want to see blood spill here today?”

“Go and sit down there before I buss up your head with that shovel.”

In April, a video with a mother beating her 12-year-old daughter for upwards of six minutes with a belt went viral.

The mother, Helen Bartlett, told the media she was disciplining her daughter for posting lewd pictures of herself on Facebook, and that her method of disciplining her was to ensure she would not have to deal with any early pregnancy or, even worse, her death.