Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 5th 2016 Contents A14
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 5, 2016
CNC3 s Crime Watch host Ian
Alleyne this week made a call to
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
and his Government to increase
staffing at the Children s Authority
so that the nation s children can be
efficiently and effectively looked
after by the State and rescued from
abusive homes and situations
Alleyne's compassionate call was
prompted by a case involving a
seven-year-old boy when photos
showing marks of abuse and violence
on the boy's body went viral earlier
this week on Facebook.
Alleyne was able to get in contact
with the child's mother who alleged
that her son was physically abused
by a close male and female relative.
The woman told Alleyne she made
several reports to the police, however,
she got no assistance. She also
claimed she lodged reports at the
The woman told Alleyne she was
left baffled when officials from the
Children's Authority took the child
from her care and placed him in the
care of the said close male relative
Alleyne immediately went into
action and contacted his attorney,
Gerald Ramdeen, and received advice
on behalf of the mother. He also
made arrangements for the mother
to meet with Ramdeen on the mat-
ter.Continuing with his investigations,
Alleyne went to Arima and met with
the child and the close male relative.
The relative told Alleyne he would
never have beaten the child like that
and gave (Alleyne) his side of the
story. The relative claimed that the
child was in fact abused several times
by his mother, hence the reason why
he was given custody of the child.
However, the highlighting of this
incident by Alleyne led to a prompt
response from the Children's
Authority and the Child Protection
Unit on Wednesday.
In a release it stated that both the
police and the authority conducted
a home visit and concluded that the
child was not in imminent danger
to justify immediate removal, as the
injuries that were shown on social
media and on a television talk show
programme (referring to Crime
Watch's show on Tuesday) were
injuries sustained last November.
The release added: "At this time,
the police and the authority are con-
ducting their required investigations
in order to determine the appropriate
interventions that will be required.
"During its investigative process,
the authority at all times considers
the rights of the parents to be heard
and the right to a fair hearing."
However, in a sudden twist,
Alleyne, during the show on
Wednesday, announced breaking
news where he was told that shortly
after his visit to the male relative's
home, officials from the authority
swooped down and took all the chil-
dren away from the home and placed
them in a safe haven until investi-
gations are concluded.
A unique story was highlighted
this week by Alleyne. It was the
claims of a 19-year-old mother of
two, Alicia Abraham, who told
Alleyne she believed that evil was
done to her as skin lesions suddenly
appeared all over her body.
She explained to Alleyne that she
was given a cream by a woman she
knew and when she rubbed it on
her skin, the lesions burst out on
her feet and then quickly spread
throughout her entire body.
She also told Alleyne she was given
a plate of food by the said woman
and deciding not to eat it gave it to
She said the next morning when
she woke up she saw all her dogs
dead and disemboweled.
The girl explained she went to
several doctors, even at the Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex
where she had several blood tests
and tissue tests done without any
She said that all the doctors she
went to did not know what she was
Alleyne told the girl while he
believed in good, he strongly believed
in evil too. He urged viewers to con-
tinuously pray for themselves so that
they won't be harmed by any evil.
On Wednesday, Alleyne
announced that he had gotten a vol-
unteer to take the girl again for a
series of medical tests at no expense
to her and her family.
Abraham became emotional and
thanked Alleyne for his kindness
Also on Wednesday, Alleyne com-
menced investigations into the armed
robbery of a man who withdrew
$50,000 from a bank, near Gulf City
Mall in La Romaine.
Alleyne received information that
a getaway car was used, a white Tiida
,and even showed footage of the sus-
pect fleeing from the scene with the
envelope of money in his hand.
Alleyne said the suspect had fol-
lowed his victim from the bank to
his home in Princes Town.
He is asking for anyone who has
information to contact him on 294-
Alleyne has also launched an
investigation into the murder of
prisons officer, Fitzalbert Victor,
who was gunned down at his home
in Laventille on Monday.
Alleyne blamed the State for Vic-
tor's killing and called on the rel-
evant authorities to install jammers
in the nation's prisons so that no
prisoner would be able to use illegal
cellphones to call hits from the
He also called for a proper wit-
ness protection programme.
Alleyne is also asking anyone for
information concerning the where-
abouts of a mentally-challenged
man, Ronald Cedeno, 24, who went
missing from his home in Mara-
cas/St Joseph, on February 18.
Also, a white Tiida PDJ 2933 was
stolen from Edinburgh earlier this
week and was last seen in the Chin
Chin Road, Cunupia, area.
Anyone with information that
can assist Alleyne in any of his
investigations may contact him at
Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne speaks with Alicia Abraham.
Ian calls on PM to beef
up Children's Authority
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