Friday, November 10, 2017

Machete Wielding Mother Struggling

Doreen Dyer, 44 who was arrested after a video surface of her beating her child with a machete is still 
struggling with her five children and the possibility of jail time hanging over her head. 

She is still unemployed, and there are no jobs or real life changes. According to her daughter Sheryl Jones, 21 “Nothing much has changed. My mother is still not working, I am still not working, only the people in the community have rallied around my mom, they still drop by to look for her, but no one from the corporate side has moved to help the family members who can get jobs, to secure jobs so we can help out. This is very frustrating, ah just pressure and more pressure, things nah change," she said. 

Dyer was recorded beating her daughter with a machete in a video widely circulated on social media. 

She returns to court on, November 15th to answer the child cruelty charges in the St Thomas Parish Court in Morant Bay.

The video triggered widespread condemnation across Jamaica, including from the Child Development Agency which reiterated its call for a full ban on corporal punishment.

Jones believes that there is a lack of compassion in the society and says that her family feels ostracised and marooned, cut off from the support of the business community of St Thomas which has offered no support in terms of real employment or income-generating possibilities.

"My mother goes counselling every Friday in Kingston, and the support agencies from town have called, but no one from the business community in St Thomas has offered jobs or any sort of support," Jones said.

"The government wants to punish her, but when it comes to providing real assistance, in terms of a job, or an opportunity to work, to change her life and take care of kids, where is the help?" she continued. 

“Nothing nah gwaan in St Thomas, nobody from the business community has stepped forward, St Thomas ah the poorest and most neglected parish for real."

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