Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Woman pleads guilty after child found in the street alone at night

A woman who has been charged with the willful neglect of a six-year-old child who was found alone at the side of a roadway in Marabella will know her fate next month.

Salisha Shallow, 27, of Sea View Drive, Marabella, plead guilty to the allegations of disorderly behaviour and willful neglect when her matter was called on Tuesday morning.

The charges stem from an incident which was recorded on June 27 in which the six-year-old was found standing along Sea View Drive by herself at 1:00 am. The child was found by officers of the Marabella Police Station who were conducting routine patrols.

Shallow, represented by attorney Cedric Neptune, was in custody since she was unable to attain bail.

The matter was called on Tuesday August 7, 2019, in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court before senior Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor.

The interests of the State were represented by police prosecutor Sgt Cleyon Seedan.

Charges were laid by PCs Luke and O’Brian.

The court was told that Shallow did not leave to go to a party or to go to a fete, but had left the child asleep at home in an area which houses other relatives and guardians, to go make photo-copies for a project she was working on.

She did admit, however, upon her return she did not immediately check on the six-year-old and thus she was unaware of the child’s location when officers arrived and apologised for this.

After further submissions, Connor ordered a probation officer's report as she wanted an in-depth view of the situation at home before passing any sentencing.

Shallow’s bail was then adjusted to $5,000 so that she could access it and was required to report once a week to the Marabella police station as a condition of this bail.

The matter was then adjourned to September 12.

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