The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago said today “there is an acute and disturbing problem of child cruelty” in the country as police continue investigations into allegations that a 14-month-old baby girl had been sexually assaulted.

According to a report by the Jamaica Observer, the Authority said it is working with the Child Protection Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service “to provide support services to the baby and her family” and that it is treating the matter “with the sensitivity and confidentiality it deserves.

Police reportedly said on Sunday, a 20-year-old man had gotten into an argument with his 23-year-old girlfriend which became physical and the man, making certain allegations, cited the woman’s behaviour as the reason he sexually assaulted the child.

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