Sunday 26 January, 2020

No counselling yet for teenager, mother after chopping incident

A 15-year-old teenager and his mother, whose hand was almost completely severed and had to be reattached, have not yet received counselling services from the state as they have indicated they are 'not yet ready to meet with anyone'.

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon made the announcement while responding to an urgent question asked by Fyzabad MP Lackram Bodoe on Friday in Parliament. 

Police said the boy, who was alone with his mother when the incident occurred at their home in Carapichaima, was not charged due to insufficient evidence.

Media initially reported that the incident was domestic in nature due to the mother chastising the boy and taking away his cell phone. 

The boy's father reportedly came home around 7:30 am and found the woman bleeding as his son rode off on a bicycle. 

"The Director of the (Trinidad and Tobago) Children's Authority has informed me that the child's father was contacted and he indicated that he would contact the Authority as they were not ready to meet with anyone as yet," Dillon said. 

"The Children's Authority will continue to reach out to the family," he said.

Dillon said no counselling was done at the police station after the report was made as this was the responsibility of the Children's Authority.

"No counselling was done at the police station as the police normally deals with counselling of victims and the Children's Authority deals with (children's matters)," he said. 

Dillon said he was not sure if the mother of the child had received any counselling. 

 

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