The mother at the center of a child cruelty video is enrolled in a parenting programme. In fact, she had signed on to a family and social development programme two months after the incident.
This information was heard in court today, Thursday, February 22, as 22-year old Latoya Joyanne Morris appeared and pleaded guilty to the charge under the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act. The incident occurred on October 22, 2017. In the video which was making the rounds on social media, it shows Morris kicking the nine-month-old child’s head.
This was but one of the three videos showing the mother interacting with the baby girl.
Ralph Hercules from Ministry of Social Care said Morris, a resident Eden Lodge Housing Area, St. Michael signed on to the program called Strengthening Human and Social Development in Barbados in December 2017.
“From my information the incident was before our programme and since then she has shown great progress,” he told the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.
He added that since enrollment Morris became gainfully employed and is currently doing a house keeping course (one year programme) at Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI).
“In my time visiting her home I’ve never seen her in any way abusive to the child or any of the children,” he said stating that the young lady has two other children ages 2 and 4.
He explained that the programme dealt with poverty and went through various stages like providing clients with identification, highlighting family dynamics and health promotion.
“She has been progressing very very well, if there’s any problems with her we I…