A father has been hauled before the Magistrate’s Court after he allegedly caused his six-year-old daughter to lose sight in her left eye while disciplining her for defacing the walls of their home.
The Spooner’s Estate resident is facing charges of cruelty to a child and inflicting grievous bodily harm.
The accused man’s name is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.
He was not required to plead when he appeared before Magistrate Shawn Innocent on Monday.
It is alleged that sometime before February 2 of this year, the minor along with her other siblings used markers to deface the walls of their home.
Using a belt, the father allegedly ‘disciplined’ his children who were scurrying about the house in an attempt to hide from his blows.
It was during that time that his daughter was struck with the belt in her left eye.
It is reported that the child went to school sometime after and a teacher saw the injuries and reported the matter to the principal, who then informed the Social Development Department and the police.
The child was subsequently taken to the Peebles Hospital for a medical examination.
A medical report of her injuries revealed that the child’s pupil appeared to be ‘dilated’ and she ‘was unable to see in her left eye’ at the time.
The father was subsequently charged.
The Crown did not object to bail and during his court appearance this week. As such, he was granted bail in the amount of $20,000.
The court was told that the child still resides with her father and the rest of her family.
The matter was adjourned to December 4.
Attorney-at-law Stephen Daniels is representing the accused man.
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