Anger management for child abuse couple
The guardians of a teenager yesterday admitted causing grievous bodily harm to her.
Lawyers for Melissa Adams, 35, and Kieron Stuart, 36, said the severe beating of the 14-year-old on March 18 with a PVC pipe was an isolated incident.
Attorneys Tony Scriven for Adams and Bernard Ferguson for Stuart described the beating as discipline that got out of hand.
Both lawyers asked Magistrate Samuel McKinney not to send the convicts to prison.
According to the prosecutor, Inspector Philip Davis, the matter was reported to police a week later when the victim’s friend alerted a guidance counselor at school.
The girl was taken to hospital and her injuries were described as serious, Davis said.
Social Services stepped in and removed the child from the home.
McKinney ordered each convict to pay $1,500 into court to assist with the maintenance of the child. If the money isn’t paid by May 17, they will be jailed for a year.
McKinney also ordered them to complete anger management classes to avoid spending six months in prison.
They return to court on December 2 for a status hearing.