Father charged with burning 3-year-old son's hand for failing to write letter 'B'

A Marabella man who deliberately scorched the hand of his three-year-old son and beat him with a ruler for not writing the letter B has been charged by police.

The 33-year-old man was charged by WPC Nicole St John of the Child Protection Unit.

He was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with assaulting a three-year-old child in a manner to cause physical and emotional suffering.

The charges were laid under the Children’s Act.

The court heard that in December 2018 on a date unknown, he placed the child’s hand over an open flame.

The court also heard that on March 30, he attempted to teach the child a letter of the alphabet and when the child failed to write it, he hit the child on the eye.

He then hit him on the mouth with a ruler.

The toddler is currently warded at the San Fernando General Hospital and will be handed over to the Children's Authority after he is discharged.

The man, who appeared in the San Fernando Sixth Magistrate's Court before Magistrate Natalie Diop, was denied bail.

He told Magistrate Diop that he was currently on bail for another offence of a sexual nature.

Magistrate Diop ordered that a trace be done on the man's character.

The accused, who has a two-year-old child and a baby on the way, was ordered to reappear in court on Wednesday. 

Editor's note: The suspect's name in the case is being withheld to protect the identities of the child involved in the incident and the man's other children so they will not face future ridicule or bullying.

- by Radhica De Silva

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