Mother confesses to beating 6-year-old with wood

Unconscious girl in swamp

…tells Police she thought her daughter died

The mother of the six-year-old girl found unconscious in a swamp at East Canje on Sunday has confessed to beating the child with a piece of wood. The 25-year-old woman admitted that after beating the child with the wood, she left her in a swamp near their home.

The area where the unconscious child was found

Relatives on Tuesday evening confirmed that the child, identified as Shania, has regained consciousness and has even asked for cookies as she recovers.
The child was found on Sunday in a swampy area near her Goed Bananen Land, East Canje, Berbice home and her mother was taken into custody. Initially, the mother of two had professed her innocence but as Police continued to interrogate her, she broke down and admitted that she was angry that the child had soiled her clothing while playing in the yard.
In her confession on Tuesday morning, the woman told Police that she had asked her daughter to remain in the yard and not to get her clothes messy since she was dressed to go out with her father, who has visitation rights on Sundays. She claimed that when she noticed the child playing outside the yard, she picked up the piece of wood and went after the girl.
“She don’t hear, so I just clap two lash pon she,” the woman said in a shocking revelation.
She also revealed that she was scared because she thought her daughter was dead after she fell from the blow to the back of her head. The woman said that she did not tell anyone what had occurred.
However, neighbours have since alleged that on several instances, the child received beatings at the hands of her mother.
Meanwhile, the mother remains in Police custody as the investigation continues. (Andrew Carmichael)