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The mother who was featured in a Face-
book video beating her 12-year-old daughter
with a belt while using obscene language
says she does not regret her actions.
Helen Bartlett has the support of two of
her daughters, including the child who was
beaten. The daughters have since defended
Bartlett s actions in another video that was
also posted on Facebook yesterday.
In an interview on i95.5FM yesterday, Bartlett
said she had no regrets over beating her daugh-
ter. She said the action was necessary con-
sidering her daughter s behaviour before and
after the posts she discovered of her on Face-
"I would do it again. I rather shame her
that way than she comes home as a pregnant
teenager," Bartlett said.
"I stand firmly by my decision. I will go to
jail for that. My daughter will be an example
to society," she added.
Bartlett and her daughter sprung into the
public limelight this week after the video the
mother posted of her beating of the child went
There was a huge public debate over
Bartlett s decision to beat the child and post
the incident on the social media, with some
saying this was no way to punish the child.
This has drawn the attention of the police,
who say the woman could be charge for abuse.
Yesterday, Bartlett said she was a single
mother of four, three girls and a boy, adding
she and the children s father had broken up
and she had been struggling with discipline
problems with the child.
Commenting on questions from the public
regarding the girl s father, she said: "I hear
somebody ask where is the father. I am yet
to receive a call from her father."
She said she believed her daughter was act-
ing out as her negative behaviour began around
the time she had separated with her father,
adding she had even sought counselling for
Bartlett said, however, she had the full sup-
port of her family members in the matter.
The girl yesterday spoke out on the matter
in a video she did with her elder sister.
"I am very sorry for the shame I have
brought to my family. I am positively sure it
will never happen again," the 12-year-old said.
Looking at the camera, the girl addressed
her mother specifically, saying: "I know you
love me dearly and I am sorry."
She asked other young girls to make their
lives better after watching the video.
The 12-year-old s elder sister said the deci-
sion to post the video on the internet was a
"We would take away the phone, it s the
same thing. She goes to school. She has to
travel. Nothing works," she said.
"My mom is very sorry for what happened
with the video, with it going viral and every-
body talking about it but she did do it because
Facebook is where my sister would have had
her fame," she added.
The elder sister spoke about the 12-year-
old s conversations with boys and pictures on
Facebook in her underwear.
"If she (Bartlet) felt this was the way to
stop it, we should not judge her," she said
"My mom is not a bad mother. She does
not frequently curse us or abuse us like what
people are saying. She loves us. This was love."
She asked people to stop sharing the video.
"You guys are putting a lot of stress on our
family," she said.
JENSEN LA VENDE
Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams said yesterday that
his men have nothing to investigate
in the alleged matter involving the
leaking of confidential information
on the New Flying Squad Investiga-
Williams made the comment at the
weekly press briefing, one day after
the Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
called on him to investigate the leak,
which the AG insists came from the
Police Complaints Authority.
Ramlogan wrote to Williams on
Tuesday requesting that a police inves-
tigation be launched into the leak of
He made the call mere hours after
PCA director Gillian Lucky told a par-
liamentary Joint Select Committee
hearing that the report was not a con-
fidential document, as claimed by
Ramlogan, nor was it leaked by her
team to People s National Movement
Senator Faris Al-Rawi or the media.
On April 8, Al-Rawi, in his contri-
bution to the Finance Bill in the Senate,
indicated he was in possession of both
the Police Service (TTPS) and PCA
reports on the new Flying Squad and
referenced the TTPS report. He later
claimed the reports were left in his
mailbox by an anonymous donor.
Al-Rawi s comments were highly
criticised by Government officials,
with Ramlogan saying the leak of the
confidential report to the Opposition
was tantamount to treason.
Asked yesterday if the police had
begun investigations into the leak,
Williams said no.
Asked why not, he said: "Just to
share with you, not every call for an
investigation will require an investi-
gation. So at this point in time there
has been no investigation launched
by the Trinidad and Tobago Police
Service because at this time there is
no requirement for one to be
Asked about the leak being equated
to treason by the AG, Williams said
he would not comment on Ramlogan s
comment, adding that the law is obvi-
ous about what treason is.
"If there is an obvious indication
of treason I give you the assurance
that the Police Service will not be
waiting on the Attorney General to
launch an investigation," Williams said.
Girl in Facebook beating apologises to mom:
I know you love me dearly
Children Act Part 1
3. (1) If any person over the age of 16
years, who has the custody, charge, or
care of any child or young person, wilfully
assaults, ill-treats, neglects, abandons, or
exposes the child or young person, or
causes or procures the child or young
person to be assaulted, ill-treated,
neglected, abandoned, or exposed, in a
manner likely to cause the child or young
person unnecessary suffering or injury to
his health (including injury to or loss of
sight, or hearing, or limb, or organ of the
body, and any mental derangement) that
person is liable---
(a) on conviction on indictment, to a
fine of $10,000, or alternatively, or in
default of payment of such fine, or in
addition thereto, to imprisonment for
two years; and
(b)on summary conviction, to a fine of
$5,000, or alternatively, or in addition
thereto, to imprisonment for six months.
Williams not acting
on Anand's request
for PCA leak probe Although the 12-year-old girl
who was beaten by her mom in
a Facebook video which has since
gone viral says it was an act of
love on the part of her mother,
Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams says the woman could
still face charges for her actions.
He made the comment yester-
day during the weekly press brief-
ing at Police Administration Build-
ing, Port-of-Spain, in the wake of
calls from some sectors of the pub-
lic for action in the matter.
Williams admitted he had not
seen the video but assured the
police would investigate after being
informed that the incident was a
The six-minute video, which
was posted on Sunday, shows the
mother administering close to 63
lashes to her daughter with a belt,
mostly on her arms and back,
while scolding her for sending out
an indecent picture of herself on
Asked if charges could be laid
against the mother, since many
people who commented on the
video labelled the action as abusive,
"If there is a video that reflects
a person physically beating a child
or a person that could be effectively
investigated and there could be a
He added it was not up to the
police to differentiate between
abuse and discipline and if they
were not clear they would rely on
the advice of the Director of Public
The girl yesterday apologised to
her mother and the public for the
behaviour which led her mother
to take such drastic measures in
another post on Facebook.
Her elder sister spoke before her
in the post, defended her mother s
action and apologised for her sis-
ter s errant ways but said that was
what led to the beating.
The girl s older sister said their
mother, a single parent, tried dif-
ferent ways to discipline the pre-
teen but nothing worked.
She added that the girl was
allowed to join the networking site
in order to communicate with her
family, since she lived at her grand-
mother s house for some time so
that she could attend school.
"My mom is very sorry, not for
what she did but for what hap-
pened with the video," the older
She added that her mother put
a stop to her sibling s wrong
doings, which included posing in
her underwear and uploading the
picture to Facebook as well as
propositioning for sex.
The older sister said the direc-
tion her sister was heading was
one of teenage pregnancy and
called on viewers of the viral-beat-
ing video not to judge their mother.
"We should not judge her. I am
sure five years down the road my
sister is not going to bring home
a belly. Before I could not have
said that. She learned her lesson.
"My mom is not a bad mother.
She is one of the best mothers in
the world and would go to the ends
of the world for us. I would say
this was love." (JLV)
Act of love could cost mom
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