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November 22, 2012
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Higgler pleads not guilty to child abuse

Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

A St Catherine mother who answered to a raft of charges she allegedly committed against her children was remanded until December 18 when she appeared in court on Tuesday.

She is Donnette Cousley, 37-year-old higgler, of Nugent Street, Spanish Town, St Catherine.

When Cousley appeared in the Spanish Town Resident Magistrate's Court she pleaded not guilty to neglect of child, cruelty to a child, child abuse, disorderly conduct, abusive language, indecent language and threat.

''I take care of my children as a mi a higgler, and mi always have food at home. So, mi not guilty of these things,'' Cousley told the court.

A lawyer started to make representation on behalf of the accused, however, she told the court that she was yet to be properly instructed.

The court then ordered that Cousley be remanded until proper arrangement can be made as to the welfare of her three underage children who are staying with relatives.

It was also revealed that the Child Development Agency has been contacted to carry out an investigation into the matter.

Allegations are that on Saturday, the police were called to the house of the woman after two of her children reported that she refused to feed them and had locked them out of the house.

She reportedly kept police and military personnel at bay for sometime until they were eventually allowed entry.

She was subsequently charged by Constable Paul Banbury of the Spanish Town Police Station.

The investigating officer was told to get all outstanding statements for the return day.

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