A 32-year-old man who was recorded in Arima dragging a teenage girl into a car, claiming to be her father, is now in police custody.
Police said the man was held in Cumuto on Thursday evening after the three-minute-28-second video was shared on social media.
In it the man is heard telling people, mostly women, that the child is his daughter and he is taking her home
“Allyuh getting me real mad, because yuh see my children, I doh f—k with my children” the man is heard saying as a woman repeatedly asked why he was seen kissing the child on the mouth.
While he argued with those around and calling the child by a particular name, a woman in a Defence Force uniform and another woman are seen helping the girl, who police said is 14.
The man claimed to be an estate constable.
Another man is heard saying, “Allyuh, no, no, no, something wrong with that young girl, She not drunk,” while one of two women wet the child’s face.
The man taking the girl then shouts, “This is my daughter! Baby, come on. She don’t need nothing, you know why? Is either in or out, is her choice. This is my f—king child.”
“You kiss your child in her mouth?” a woman is heard asking. A security guard tells the man the others just want to make sure the girl “is good.”
While the man pulled the girl away from the two women, a third is heard warning that if anything happens to her it will be a result of their inaction.
After the woman became vociferous in her stance against the child going with the irate man, another woman is seen trying to speak to the child, who appeared incoherent. One woman is heard saying that the child fell in a nearby fast food restaurant, and found it disturbing that the man she was with was claiming to be her father.
Two minutes and 21 seconds into the video, the child was in the man’s car and he hurled obscenities at the woman who was demanding that she not go with him.
The woman who recorded the video is heard asking why no one stopped the child from going with him.
Another man then says the child claimed the man was her father.
The incident was recorded in Arima, police said and the car was stopped in Cumuto.
Members of the Child Protection Unit, Northern Division, are continuing investigations.