‘That’s not me’
By NALINEE SEELAL Wednesday, July 23 2014
A WOMAN believed to be the one recorded in a video beating her child with a shovel, yesterday flatly denied she was the person in the video, as she was interviewed by Morvant police. The video of the beating has since gone viral on several popular online social networks including Facebook.
Meanwhile, the 13-year-old schoolboy featured in the video, was yesterday taken to the Morvant Police Station and allowed to join the Police Youth Club which will give him an opportunity to interact with other youngsters and be exposed to training in self discipline and receive motivational talks.
The move to have the teenager join the youth club is a initiative of Insp Roger Alexander who told Newsday that having spoken to the boy on Sunday, he (Alexander) was of the firm view that the teen has a lot of potential and seems determined about his career choice of becoming a Coast Guard Officer.
Inspector Alexander said that starting from today, the boy who only turned 13 two days ago and is a student of the South East Port-of-Spain Secondary School, will begin camp and join other young persons to benefit from several social programmes offered by the Morvant Youth Club.
Insp Alexander said that after the video of the boy being beaten with a shovel went viral he received text information the boy lives at Paradise Heights in Morvant with his mother.
Inspector Alexander and other officers visited the house where the alleged incident took place on Sunday and said the first thing the woman told him was, “How you find me?”
Alexander said that when he asked the women if she was the person on the video armed with a shovel beating a child, she said: “Ent Anil Roberts the Minister said a person resembling him in a video was not him? Well that is not me!” Insp Alexander added that the woman then told him that she had nothing to say and if the police wanted to interview her, they could only do so with her lawyer present.
The police obliged her request and then turned to her son who also denied being beaten with a shovel and said that he and his mother shared a very close relationship. Asked by the police what was his wish for his birthday, the boy said, “lots of hugs and kisses from my mammy.”
Newsday understands the boy’s father has been incarcerated for the past five years and his mother is been the sole breadwinner.
Insp Alexander told Newsday that after he spoke with DCP (Crime) Glen Hackett, on the matter, an investigator was appointed to probe the beating further.