A Trinidadian woman will spend 60 days at Her Majesty’s Prison after she was caught on camera ill-treating a two-year-old boy at a daycare centre on Tortola.
Debra Jobe reportedly committed the offence on March 16, 2017.
In handing down the sentence on Monday, Justice Ann-Marie Smith took into consideration her early guilty plea and her previous good character as mitigating factors.
On the other hand, the seriousness of the offence, the breach of trust and the young age of the child were considered as aggravating.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that on the day in question, the woman was in the process of changing the toddler’s diapers. During that time, the child was reportedly fussing so Jobe grabbed and shook him in what was described to the court as a rough manner.
After putting on the diapers, Jobe reportedly pushed the infant away from her; without pulling up his pants.
The court heard that when the infant arrived home, he cried throughout the night, causing his parents to seek medical attention for him.
And following a medical assessment, a physician informed his parents that the child was in pain as a result of someone twisting and pulling his arms; causing tenderness and swelling.
The parents then made inquiries at the daycare centre. However, they were told that nothing happened.
Caught on camera
Prosecutors said another teacher had recorded the incident on a cellular phone and the amateur footage was later released on social media. After seeing the video, the matter was reported to the police who then launched an investigation.
The video was later shown to the court as evidence.
Attorney Valerie Stephens-Gordon represented the woman.
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