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Doreen Dyer, machete-wielding mom, charged for cruelty to a child

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Doreen Dyer, the woman who appears to be beating her daughter with a machete in a viral video, has been charged with cruelty to a child and will appear in court next week Monday in St. Thomas.


The Jamaica Constabulary Force made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.


Dyer, 44, a resident of Bath in St Thomas, has been granted bail with surety and is scheduled to appear before the St Thomas Parish Court on Monday, October 9. 

The video of the mother beating her daughter - which was shot last November but only surfaced on social media over the weekend - has triggered widespread condemnation across Jamaica, including from the Child Development Agency which has reiterated its call for a full ban on corporal punishment.

However, another daughter of Dyer's, Sheryll Jones, has defended her mother, and said the woman's action was 'tough love' in response to her sister misbehaving.

Jones said that since the video footage went viral, there are malicious sectors of society attempting to demonise her mother, and disparage her 13 year-old sister. 


"The society is trying to demonise my mother and that is not right. My mother is a lady like this, she don't beat normally, she talk more than how she beat. S misbehave because my mother (called Da)  told her to do something and she give attitude. It was nothing more than that...people ah try frame her say mi pickle sister have man, but it is not true," she told one876 EDITOR  Claude Mills. 

"That day, I wasn't there, but my mother told her to spread out the clothes, tidy up the house and she say she caan bother, normal teenage behaviour, and my mother just lose it, her cup did full, the poverty, she have five of us in all, and I guess she just tired," Sheryll who is known as 'Shashi', said. 

Sheryll said that her mother was always dutiful but theorised that wrestling with the twin tigers of poverty and unemployment just finally got the better of her. 

"Is five of us in all, S is a twin, so there is my brother who is 23, I have an older sister and me. Yet she never mek we go ah we bed hungry yet if is even a box food, and she no eat nothing. If a even ten dollar we go school with, she mek sure we can leave school and come home and eat something for lunch, then go back.  The world ah mek it seem like she is a demon, " she said. 


The incident happened over a year ago, but the footage only leaked last weekend when someone took it from the sister's tablet. 

"I wasn't there that day, but my sister recorded it on her tablet, and she would show S (the 13 year old) the video and tease her with it when she misbehave. Is someone tek it off the tablet and leak it," she said.

She said that videotaped footage was the first time that she had seen her mother explode in such a violent and ferocious manner. She said that the action was one of 'tough love'. 

"She never beat none of us like that before, the big ones or even the twin boy. On that day, her cup did full and she just lose it, all Ruff Kutt the dog get it. Him love run out pon we and it offa we and she all put it on him as well. If she did intend to harm her, she woulda chop her up," she said. 

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) has not responded to the incident.

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