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Two detained after assaults on children
Police have detained two men who reportedly assaulted children placed in their care. In the first incident a 48-year-old Laventille man was arrested after he choked and slapped a four-year-old boy who tried to stop the man and the child’s mother from fighting. The man, from Boxhill Trace, Laventille, was in a heated argument with the child’s mother around 8.30 pm on Wednesday. The row escalated into a fight.
Neighbours who heard the commotion came to the rescue of both the child and the woman and alerted the police. The man was taken to the Belmont Police Station. Officers say they intend to charge him under the recently amended Children Offences Act. They believe he was drunk. In the second incident a 40-year-old corporal of the Defence Force was detained in connection with a report of indecent assault against a 12-year-old girl.
Police reports are that between November 17 and 20 the man visited the Arouca home of the child intending to meet with her mother. The mother was not at home and the child was at the time caring for her one-year-old sibling. The man allegedly fondled the child. A report was made on December 7. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday night. Investigations are continuing into both matters.
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