A daycare teacher who reportedly inflicted 11 lashes on a two-year-old infant for soiling the school’s bathroom walls with faeces was slapped with a fine and a suspended sentence on Wednesday.
Magistrate Shawn Innocent ordered 52-year-old Jamaican Sharon Salmon to pay $500 in one month or, in default, serve 30 days at Her Majesty’s Prison.
She was additionally given a three-month prison sentence which was suspended for one year.
That means she will only serve three months behind bars if she commits another offence within the next year.
The court heard that on November 6, 2016, she took the child to the bathroom after suspecting that he needed a diaper change.
During the cleaning process, Salmon realized that she did not bring baby wipes so she left the child unattended to retrieve some from another room.
Upon her return, she saw the toddler holding the soiled diaper and saw faeces smeared on the bathroom walls.
The court heard that she used an unknown object to inflict the blows to the child’s thighs and buttocks.
Sometime after, the mother of the toddler took the child to seek medical attention and later reported the incident to the school and police.
Salmon who is still a teacher at the school, was subsequently charged.