(Photo Credit: BVI Platinum News) Sharon Salmon hides from the camera under an open umbrella after her sentencing.
A pre-school teacher who dealt a toddler 11 lashes while he was in her care, causing him bruises about his body, was today, November 7 handed a three month suspended prison sentence and a $500 fine, after she pleaded guilty to child cruelty.
Sharon Salmon, a 53-year-old teacher employed at the Home Away From Home Pre-school and Daycare, pleaded guilty to a charge of child cruelty, which was exacted against a two-year-old boy.
The court heard that on November 24, 2017 at Huntum’s Ghut, the Jamaican national, who currently resides at Long Bush, willfully assaulted the child in a manner to cause him injury or unnecessary suffering.
On the day of the incident, the toddler was at the daycare and defecated in his diaper. The woman, who has six grandchildren, took him to the bathroom to change him, but while there she realised she did not have any baby wipes. She left him with the soiled diaper and went in search of wipes.
Upon her return, she saw the child swinging the dirty diaper, causing his excrement to soil the walls and surrounding area.
Salmon, who has been employed at the daycare for the past six years, reportedly became enraged and spanked the child about his legs and bottom.
Later that day, his mother noticed the bruises and reported the matter to the police.
When questioned by law enforcement officers, the woman said she had “disciplined” the child with her hands, but the medical examiner’s report said that “the impressions were not made by a hand, but with an object.”
In handing down the sentence, Magistrate Shawn Innocent said that the woman is supposed to be trained in a manner on how to handle such situations instead of “throwing a tantrum herself.”
He reminded that the child was a mere two years old and not potty-trained.
The court was also told that the woman still works at the school.