Grimacing from the knife wound a female relative had dealt him a mere three days before, 14-year-old John (not his real name) still tried to keep a smile as journalists yesterday walked through the bedroom he is forced to sleep in, next to a duck pen.
Rachael Sukdeo says she is okay and is not dead as people are suggesting.
Sukdeo, who had made national news last year following a police investigation into claims that she was physically abused, has been the subject of fresh claims on Monday that she had been physically abused and even killed.
The allegations had spread so widely on social media Monday morning, Sukdeo took to Facebook to clear the air.
The Children’s Authority of T&T says after nine months of operations it is managing some 4,158 cases of children in need of care and protection. This is the highest number of cases to be reported in the country’s history.
In a statement yesterday the authority noted that the figure was an indication of the public heeding the call to report child abuse which has led to children being brought to its attention.