Mom to face court for beating daughter with machete
The machete-wielding mother has been charged and is booked to appear before the St Thomas Parish Court on October 9.
Doreen Dyer, 44, has been charged with cruelty to a child.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force confirmed the charge against Dyer, via a Twitter post from their official account.
A video of Dyer beating her 12-year-old daughter with a machete went viral over the weekend.
The incident, however, according to reports, occurred more than a year ago.
"When mi talk to unuh, hear! Mi tired a [expletive] unuh," Dyer could be heard sayingwhile administering the punishment, as the teen screamed and tried to avoid every swing that her mother made.
After trying to wriggle from her mother's grasp, the child, who fell to the muddy ground, finally managed to escape from her mother's clutches and sprinted away.
Dyer also hit a dog that seemingly attempted to stop the beating with the machete.
There have also been calls in the social media sphere for Dyer to be charged with cruelty to an animal.
The Child development Agency (CDA) has since stepped in to offer counselling and the requisite support for the child.
Rosalee Gage-Grey, head of the CDA, noted that the agency takes a zero-tolerance approach to physical abuse and corporal punishment.
She also stressed that parents need to find alternative ways to discipline their kids.