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Interview pending with girl allegedly assaulted by ex-Minister’s son

UPDATE:

The four-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by the son of a former government Minister was too ill on Friday last to be interviewed by a psychologist and the interview has been rescheduled for Friday.
Last Friday the girl accompanied by her mother went to the Children’s Authority Assessment Centre at a hospital where they were met by a psychologist assigned to the Children’s Authority, a Social Worker also from the Children’s Authority and Cpl Banwarie of the Child Protection Unit who is probing the alleged sexual assault.
According to the child’s mother her daughter was taken to a room where she was asked to sit on a chair, asked her name, where she lives, who she lives with and was then asked to draw a face.
The girl complied with all the instructions but when the psychologist asked her if she wanted to speak about the alleged assault she said no but agreed to speak on another day.
Yesterday her mother told Newsday her daughter had a high fever last Friday and was a bit irritable. She said she was surprised the psychologist did not try to get her daughter to warm up to her before she started the questioning.
“My daughter is a toddler and if she does not know someone she would not speak to them or feel comfortable to have any conversation with them, so I’m hoping that at the next interview another strategy is used to get my daughter to open up and speak the truth”.
She said she is now battling with a situation where a close female relative has been trying to convince the child that she made up the whole incident and this was reported to a lawyer who is seeking the legal interest of the alleged victim.
“My daughter told me the relative has been trying to convince her otherwise but my daughter is a very bright four-year-old and she will speak the truth and give all the necessary information so that the investigation could go forward.”
Yesterday the girl remained at her home in South Trinidad playing with her dolls and awaiting the arrival of her father who is due to visit her soon from the United States.
The girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on June 17 while at the home of a close relative.
A report on the incident was made to the Child Protection Unit based at the Brasso Police Station.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

The four-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by the son of a government Minister was too ill on Friday last to be interviewed by a psychologist and the interview has been rescheduled for Friday of this week.

Last Friday the girl accompanied by her mother went to the Children’s Authority Assessment Centre at a hospital where they were met by a psychologist assigned to the Children’s Authority, a Social Worker also from the Children’s Authority and Corporal Banwarie of the Child Protection Unit who is probing the alleged sexual assault.

According to the child’s mother her daughter was taken to a room where she was asked to sit on a chair, asked her name, where she lives, who she lives with and was then asked to draw a face.

The girl complied with all the instructions but when the psychologist asked her if she wanted to speak about the alleged assault she said no.

She was then asked if she wanted to return another day and she said yes.

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