Mother punches son in eye
A mother is now in trouble after she was hauled before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday for punching her son in the eye and beating him all over his body because he left home without her permission.
Lackesha McKay-Smith was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm. However, she gave no plea as the judge ordered a counselling session for the child first.
Prosecutors told the court that the 13-year-old left home without McKay-Smith's consent. She later found him on the road in a group.
She became angry and assaulted him. Persons then called the police to intervene.
In court, the officer assigned to the case said McKay-Smith always tries her best to care for her son "but he is a handful."
McKay-Smith said her son has started "following friends" and has seen his average drop from drastically.
"I try all kinds of things with him. I even take him to the Child Development Agency for counselling," she lamented.
Judge Chester Crooks admonished the child for putting his mother in a precarious position.
"I am not saying your mom was right to treat you the way she treated you. I know that boys will be boys, but as bad as you think things might be, you don't want to end up in a home," he said.
Crooks then warned the youngster to behave himself, and ordered that he attend a counselling session facilitated by the probation officer.
The matter will be called up again on September 15. The child has been removed from the mother's custody and is now staying with his aunt.