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Mom, boyfriend charged with child cruelty

A woman and her boyfriend were charged yesterday with child cruelty over the alleged abuse of her 11-year-old daughter.

The 39-year-old mother and her 37-year old boyfriend, who are both Jamaicans with permanent residence, are accused of abusing the girl on June 7.

They pleaded not guilty to the charge at their arraignment before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt. Following inquiries by the magistrate it was revealed that the girl is with her father.

Ferguson-Pratt set each of the defendant’s bail at $2,500 with one or two sureties and placed a temporary restriction on the woman having any interaction with her daughter until a third party to supervise visits is identified.

The matter has been adjourned to June 18 for a status hearing.


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