Police have released full details regarding the arrest of two suspects held after a viral video showed a man physically abusing a two year old girl.
Police say a 32 year-old Trinidadian male and his 21 year-old common-law Jamaican born wife were held at around 1:25pm, by officers of the Southern Divison CID, Operational Unit under Inspector Don Gajadhar. The two were held in a room on the second floor of an apartment building, located at no. 26 Manjack Street, Vistabella.
The couple of Hutton Street, St. Joseph went into hiding after the video went viral. He is not the child’s father but was babysitting for a relative. The couple face charges related to cruelty as provided for under the new Childrens’ act.
The police, acting on information, had the two storey apartment building under surveillance. It was subsequently raided after a man matching the description of one of the suspects was seen exiting an outer door of the apartment.
Both suspects are now detained at the San Fernando police station for subsequent transfer to the Child Protection Unit of the Northern Division.
Other officers involved in the capture of the suspects include PC Bacchus, PC Harrypersad, PC Snaggs, PC Rampersad and PC Ali all of the Southern Division CID, Operational Unit.
The video shows the man slapping the two year old girl to the floor several times, and pulling her up by her hair for refusing to drink milk that was apparently left for her by the toddler’s mother.
The video appeared on Facebook yesterday and quickly spread. Commenters on Facebook identified the man in the video and posted his name and placed him as residing in St. Joseph.
While there were many who chastised users for posting the video, many others said it was necessary to bring the matter to attention so the child could be protected.During a media briefing this morning… police asked the public not to engage in vigilante justice should anyone see the suspects.
Police also say that the child is now safely in the custody of her parents.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley also expressed concern about the video. He was speaking with the media during the post cabinet media briefing today.