A 29-year-old mother, who pleaded guilty today in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court to abusing her nine-year-old daughter, will have to undergo counselling for three months at PAREDOS – the Parent Education for the Development of Barbados.
The court heard that Tanisha Best of Fairfield Road, Carrington Village, St Michael beat her daughter with a broomstick on June 19, 2016, leaving her with multiple injuries about her body.
It was the principal of child’s school – located in St Michael – who sounded the alarm and informed the Child Care Board that a female student was on the premises with several bruises.
It was noted that the child had bruises to the left side of her face, a swollen left eye, bruising to the left leg and a bite mark on the back in the area of her right shoulder.
The court was also told that once the Child Care Board had intervened, the infant was removed from the mother’s home and sent to live with her grandmother.
The mother was allowed to visit the child, but was not left alone with her.
When she addressed Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant, Best explained that her daughter was constantly getting home late, sometimes three hours or so after the school ends at 3 p.m.
She said that the day in question, the child was supposed to meet her at her workplace after school, noting that it should only take about an hour to do so.
However, according to Best, her daughter arrived at her workplace at minutes to six in the evening.
She testified that on another occasion when she was off from work, her daughter got home at 5.40 p.m.
Best said over time she had been calling everybody she could think of when her daughter was late.
She said she had even called Chefette to ask if anyone had seen her there.
The mother also told the court friends and family had been telling her that the child was usually on the road playing.
In an emotional plea, a remorseful sounding Best apologized openly for inflicting injury to her daughter, telling the court she was vex with her daughter for constantly being late and, “I let my vexation to get the best of me.”
She added: “I am sorry; I apologize to my daughter every day.”