A video posted to social media over the weekend showing a toddler being physically and verbally abused by a male relative is being investigated by the Children’s Authority.
A Guardian Media news team visited the house in Sangre Grande where the abuse allegedly occurred last week and spoke to neighbours and relatives who expressed relief that the issue is getting attention.
In the video, which is one minute and 18-second-long, the relative can be heard berating the three-year-old girl for not answering his questions about what she was eating in a small bowl. The toddler and another child are seated on a sofa, while the man sits on the floor. The older child, who Guardian Media was told is seven-years-old, is instructed by the man to ask the toddler if she can speak and she tearfully complies.
Fifty-four seconds into the video, the man grabs the toddler and drags her off the sofa. Crying loudly, the child tries to stand but the man pulls her back down to the floor.
He demands that she tell him what she is eating, accusing her of “playing too big” for him. He also orders someone off-camera to bring a rope so he can “crack she in she head.” The person does not appear to comply with the request.
At the one-minute mark in the video, the man hits the toddler on the top of her head with the bowl and the child flees into the arms of a female relative. The video ends with the man pursuing the child and firing questions at her as she cowers in her relative’s arms.
Relatives said the video was just a small glimpse into the hellish reality the youngsters endure.